±Recent Visitors

Recent Visitors to Com-Central!

±User Info-big


Welcome Anonymous

Nickname
Password

Membership:
Latest: cgsimpson
New Today: 0
New Yesterday: 0
Overall: 6645

People Online:
Members: 0
Visitors: 292
Total: 292
Who Is Where:
 Visitors:
01: Home
02: Community Forums
03: Downloads
04: Community Forums
05: CPGlang
06: Community Forums
07: Community Forums
08: Community Forums
09: Downloads
10: Home
11: Community Forums
12: Photo Gallery
13: Community Forums
14: Community Forums
15: Community Forums
16: Community Forums
17: Home
18: Community Forums
19: Community Forums
20: Downloads
21: Community Forums
22: Community Forums
23: Community Forums
24: Home
25: Community Forums
26: Community Forums
27: Community Forums
28: Community Forums
29: Home
30: Home
31: Downloads
32: Statistics
33: Community Forums
34: Community Forums
35: Downloads
36: Community Forums
37: Downloads
38: Community Forums
39: Community Forums
40: Community Forums
41: Photo Gallery
42: Community Forums
43: Community Forums
44: Community Forums
45: Community Forums
46: Community Forums
47: Community Forums
48: Home
49: Downloads
50: Community Forums
51: CPGlang
52: Community Forums
53: CPGlang
54: Community Forums
55: Community Forums
56: Home
57: Community Forums
58: Home
59: Home
60: Community Forums
61: Home
62: Downloads
63: Community Forums
64: Community Forums
65: Home
66: Home
67: Community Forums
68: Community Forums
69: Home
70: Downloads
71: Community Forums
72: Statistics
73: Community Forums
74: Community Forums
75: Home
76: Photo Gallery
77: Home
78: CPGlang
79: Photo Gallery
80: Photo Gallery
81: Home
82: Community Forums
83: Home
84: Community Forums
85: Community Forums
86: Photo Gallery
87: Community Forums
88: Home
89: Home
90: CPGlang
91: Home
92: Member Screenshots
93: Community Forums
94: Community Forums
95: Home
96: Home
97: Community Forums
98: Home
99: Community Forums
100: Community Forums
101: Home
102: Downloads
103: Home
104: Community Forums
105: Home
106: Downloads
107: Community Forums
108: Community Forums
109: Community Forums
110: Home
111: Community Forums
112: Photo Gallery
113: Photo Gallery
114: Community Forums
115: Downloads
116: Community Forums
117: CPGlang
118: CPGlang
119: CPGlang
120: Downloads
121: Home
122: Photo Gallery
123: CPGlang
124: Community Forums
125: Photo Gallery
126: Downloads
127: Photo Gallery
128: Community Forums
129: Downloads
130: Home
131: Home
132: Community Forums
133: Home
134: Home
135: Community Forums
136: Community Forums
137: CPGlang
138: Home
139: Member Screenshots
140: Community Forums
141: Downloads
142: Community Forums
143: Community Forums
144: Home
145: Community Forums
146: CPGlang
147: CPGlang
148: Photo Gallery
149: Community Forums
150: Community Forums
151: Community Forums
152: CPGlang
153: Downloads
154: Community Forums
155: Home
156: Community Forums
157: Downloads
158: Community Forums
159: Home
160: Community Forums
161: Community Forums
162: Community Forums
163: Photo Gallery
164: Photo Gallery
165: Community Forums
166: Home
167: Downloads
168: Community Forums
169: Community Forums
170: Downloads
171: Community Forums
172: Downloads
173: Community Forums
174: Home
175: Community Forums
176: Community Forums
177: Home
178: Community Forums
179: Home
180: Community Forums
181: Community Forums
182: Downloads
183: Home
184: Home
185: Community Forums
186: Community Forums
187: CPGlang
188: Home
189: Home
190: Home
191: Home
192: Community Forums
193: Community Forums
194: Home
195: Photo Gallery
196: Community Forums
197: Home
198: Home
199: Community Forums
200: Home
201: Community Forums
202: Home
203: Home
204: News
205: Community Forums
206: Home
207: Downloads
208: Community Forums
209: CPGlang
210: Community Forums
211: Downloads
212: Home
213: Home
214: Home
215: Community Forums
216: Community Forums
217: Community Forums
218: Community Forums
219: Community Forums
220: Community Forums
221: Downloads
222: Community Forums
223: Community Forums
224: Home
225: Community Forums
226: Community Forums
227: Photo Gallery
228: Downloads
229: CPGlang
230: Downloads
231: Community Forums
232: CPGlang
233: Community Forums
234: Home
235: Community Forums
236: Community Forums
237: Community Forums
238: Community Forums
239: Home
240: CPGlang
241: Photo Gallery
242: Home
243: Home
244: Community Forums
245: Photo Gallery
246: Home
247: Community Forums
248: Home
249: Community Forums
250: Community Forums
251: Photo Gallery
252: Community Forums
253: Community Forums
254: Community Forums
255: Member Screenshots
256: Community Forums
257: CPGlang
258: Home
259: Community Forums
260: Community Forums
261: Home
262: Community Forums
263: Photo Gallery
264: News
265: Downloads
266: Home
267: Community Forums
268: Home
269: Downloads
270: Community Forums
271: CPGlang
272: Home
273: Community Forums
274: Photo Gallery
275: Community Forums
276: Community Forums
277: Community Forums
278: Member Screenshots
279: Community Forums
280: Photo Gallery
281: Home
282: Community Forums
283: CPGlang
284: Community Forums
285: Community Forums
286: Your Account
287: Community Forums
288: Home
289: Community Forums
290: Community Forums
291: Downloads
292: Home

Staff Online:

No staff members are online!
Another Legend Passes..... :: Archived
A general meeting place for all pilots!
Post new topic    Revive this topic    Printer Friendly Page     Forum Index ›  Officer's Club

Topic Archived View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
JG300-Stoopy
Power User

Offline Offline
Joined: Jan 05, 2005
Posts: 5840
Location: Group W bench
PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:53 pm
Post subject: Another Legend Passes.....

20-year Navy pilot Cook Cleland, WWII ace and SBD Dauntless pilot who also served in Korea, and recipient of the Navy Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Navy Commendation and a Presidential unit citation, passed away just a week ago Friday (July 13 2007).

www.pensacolanewsjourn...50321/1006
www.cleveland.com:80/n...amp;coll=2

Excellent reading of his experiences here, particularly his WWII encounters:

aviationartstore.com/c...land_2.htm

In addition to his highly distinguished military duty, Cook Cleland's name is recognizable to fans and afficianados of air racing, due to his dominance of the 1947 and 1949 postwar Thompson Trophy races held in Cleveland OH after purchasing and entering up to 3 Goodyear F2G Corsairs, which mark a unique era in the history of the National Air Races. Cook is the only other man besides the famed Roscoe Turner to have won the Thompson Trophy more than once, having won it twice.

Cook was incucted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2000, and the story of his racing career is a fascinating read for aviation and air racing buffs. FYI, the "friendly Admiral" in the story below is none other than Admiral Halsey himself, who arranged for 3 rare F2G Corsairs to be declared surplus, apparently for this effort (only 18 Goodyear F2G's were built, I believe).

www.mshf.com/index.htm...d_cook.htm

His last win was in Race #94 which was parked out in the grass at Cleveland airport after the final race. With no immediate future due to the cancellation of the races, this historic aircraft was slowly stripped, and almost unbelievably to us today, burned as part of an airport fire drill practice. Eventually it was buried on the grounds of Cleveland airport and it's bones remain there to this day.

www.airrace.com/Corsair94.htm

Cook then re-upped for the Korean conflict and flew Corsairs as squadron leader (Cmdr.) of VF653 and again served with distinction, including being shot down off the coast and being rescued. VF653 as a whole suffered losses due to their assigned role (Close Air Support) - losing 6 pilots during their initial tour.

www.koreanwarhero.com/History.html

I'm sure that right now, Cook is RIPPING huge holes in the sky and tearing loud pylon turns around the clouds in good ol' #94...and doing a little rat-racing with some fellow pilots who he's waited a very long time to see again. Tailwinds & clear skies, Cook.


_________________
"Once your reputation is ruined, you can live quite freely."
Back to top
View user's profile Visit poster's website Photo Gallery
Shadow_Bshwackr
Janitor

Offline Offline
Joined: Jan 21, 2005
Posts: 7015
Location: Central Illinois, USA
PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 7:33 pm
Post subject: Re: Another Legend Passes.....

Amen and thanks for the H.U Stoopy...
Back to top
View user's profile Visit poster's website Photo Gallery
JG300-fr8ycat
Power User

Offline Offline
Joined: Mar 13, 2005
Posts: 1528
Location: Los Angeles
PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:05 am
Post subject: Re: Another Legend Passes.....

Bummer.

In the Obits in the LA Times about 2 - 3 weeks ago there was another one that passed away. Was gonna post it and forgot and know can't even remember his name but did see him on one of the "Dog Fight" eps. on History CH.

_________________
Back to top
View user's profile MSN Messenger Photo Gallery
JG300-fr8ycat
Power User

Offline Offline
Joined: Mar 13, 2005
Posts: 1528
Location: Los Angeles
PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:12 am
Post subject: Re: Another Legend Passes.....

Colonel Robin Olds passed away june 14.

DogFights Season 1 "AIR AMBUSH"
Legendary fighter pilot, Colonel Robin Olds, sets an intricate trap for the North Vietnamese MiG-21's. His squadron, the Wolfpack, disguises its lethal F-4 Phantoms as vulnerable bombers. The MIGs scream in to challenge the Americans. The result is the most elaborate air sting of the war...CODE NAME...Operation Bolo.

Was an awesome episode.

_________________
Back to top
View user's profile MSN Messenger Photo Gallery
JG300-fr8ycat
Power User

Offline Offline
Joined: Mar 13, 2005
Posts: 1528
Location: Los Angeles
PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 3:54 am
Post subject: Re: Another Legend Passes.....

Wow, great story.

Thanks for posting Stoopy.

_________________
Back to top
View user's profile MSN Messenger Photo Gallery
JG300-Ascout
Power User

Offline Offline
Joined: Jan 05, 2005
Posts: 6257
Location: Cyberspace
PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 6:26 pm
Post subject: Re: Another Legend Passes.....

I'd heard about Old's passing, but not about Cleland's...thanks for the head's up...

_________________
"All facts go to clearly prove that Shades is a thrice-cursed traitor & mentally deranged person steeped in inveterate enmity toward mankind"
Back to top
View user's profile Photo Gallery
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic    Revive this topic    Printer Friendly Page    Forum Index ›  Officer's Club
Page 1 of 1
All times are GMT - 6 Hours

Archive Revive
Username:
This is an archived topic - your reply will not be appended here.
Instead, a new topic will be generated in the active forum.
The new topic will provide a reference link to this archived topic.