Saturday, January 14, 2012

Gone — Ken Terry and his “Midnight Special”

By Joseph May

My original intention was to write a post comparing the two of Beechcraft’s Mentor models — the T-34B and the T-34C, a piston and a turboprop. In reality the post was a ploy to publish images of an impressive yellow Mentor and a striking navy blue with shark’s teeth Mentor.

While drafting the post I received the latest newsletter of the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, UnScramble. Ironically, it brought word of the sudden passing of Ken Terry. He, as well as Mike Fuller of Port Orange FL, died as a result of the crash of his T-34B Mentor called “Midnight Special” upon departure from Wings Field, near Williston FL on 5 November 2011. Mike Fuller was in the front seat and Ken Terry was in the back seat. Terry was quite accomplished as an aviator (60,000 hours experience), service man and family man. I also know he was well liked by those in the museum.

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