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  • Sideslip
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Apr 2012
    • 641

    The Day The Music Died

    It was sixty years ago today that Beech Bonanza N3794N of Dwyer Flying Service took off from Mason City Airport and crashed shortly afterwards, taking with it pilot Roger Peterson, and rock n roll legends Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J. P. Richardson, aka The Big Bopper. Will be remembering you, and playing some of your wonderful music today.
    Work! You don't know what work is. When I was a boy...
  • Propstrike
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Mar 2004
    • 4010

    #2
    It did 'take Roger Peterson' in a literal sense, but really the 21 year old's poor decision making was arguably the cause of the crash. He had no instrument rating, and intended to make the 1.am flight under Visual flight rules, and took off into the path of a very significant snowstorm. For unknown reasons, the Met dept at the airport, who knew the storm was incoming, did not pass this info on to Peterson. He flew straight into it, quickly 'lost the picture' in attempting to fly on instruments, and crashed in a spiral dive ( the inevitable flight path always seen in in such VMC to IMC crashes) . They all died barely 5 minutes after take off.

    There are parallels with the recent loss of footballer Sala, essentially undertaking a hazardous flight, and quickly becoming overwhelmed by conditions beyond the capability of the pilot.

    There are some differences, in that Sala had the arrangements put in place by an agent, whilst Buddy Holly personally set up the flight, having grown weary of the freezing and unreliable tour bus, and having had no clean clothes for three days.

    http://data.desmoinesregister.com/ho.../CABreport.pdf Civil Aeronautics Board Report
    Last edited by Propstrike; 3rd February 2019, 09:33.

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    • ThreeM
      Rank 4 Registered User
      • Aug 2017
      • 69

      #3
      I remember mother coming in to the bedroom that fateful day to wake me and my older brother for school and telling us that Buddy Holly had been killed in a plane crash.

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      • avion ancien
        Long ago and far away ...
        • Aug 2007
        • 5336

        #4
        And ten years ago ..... https://forum.keypublishing.com/foru...-the-music-die

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        • scotavia
          scotavia
          • Nov 2005
          • 2837

          #5
          The pressure on air charter pilots must be at times stupid, I recall 2 heli crashes in the Uk in recent years where the weather was rubbish but they flew into it. Such a sad ending for all those lives lost. all my high ground wreck visits related to weather issues but those were wartime Losses.

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          • ozplane
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Mar 2004
            • 1651

            #6
            On a more cheerful note, there was a very good documentary on Buddy Holly on BBC4 the other night. Less happily the shot of the wreckage of the crash was harrowing.

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            • trumper
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Aug 2003
              • 6742

              #7
              BBC 4 Was excellent https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod...-holly-rave-on and also the Don McClean one where he spoke about American Pie.

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              • flitzerfalke
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Jul 2008
                • 46

                #8
                I have been told that a wing panel from the crashed aircraft is stored in the rafters of one of the hangars at the Mason City Airport.

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                • J Boyle
                  With malice towards none
                  • Oct 2004
                  • 9812

                  #9
                  Long time Flying magazine columnist, Gordon Baxter, began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey and radio announcer in Beaumont, Texas.
                  One of his colleagues was The Big Bopper, J.P. Richardson.

                  Baxter was a pilot and Richardson expressed interest in the hobby.
                  Baxter wrote he told Richardson about pilots flying in instrument conditions and soon not knowing their attitude, eventually losing control.
                  Richardson, he said, didn't see how that was possible.
                  On a flight, he stalled the aircraft as part of a demonstration.

                  "We had just rehearsed his death" Baxter wrote.


                  There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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                  • Bluebird Mike
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Jan 2000
                    • 2496

                    #10
                    Originally posted by flitzerfalke View Post
                    I have been told that a wing panel from the crashed aircraft is stored in the rafters of one of the hangars at the Mason City Airport.
                    There have been all sorts of stories about the owner, Jerry Dwyer, having kept the wreckage...for years it was alleged he had it in storage, then, that he had had it buried...not sure if the truth is really known.
                    The Bluebird Project

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                    • Hooligan
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Mar 2017
                      • 573

                      #11
                      During the '80s I used to read Flying mainly for the delightful columns written by Gordon Baxter and Len Morgan... Nigel Moll was good too.

                      Once sat at Dublin Airport with various female Virgin staff members awaiting a positioning flight to Gatwick (long story!) - we got through all six verses of American Pie with hardly a mistake.

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                      • ozplane
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Mar 2004
                        • 1651

                        #12
                        Only six verses? Always sounds more like 66 to me.

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                        • Elmdon Boy
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Jan 2017
                          • 201

                          #13
                          Anybody remember this record. Good record, and refers to the plane crash

                          http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...to+buddy+holly





                          Last edited by Elmdon Boy; 5th February 2019, 19:37.

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                          • wl745
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Aug 2007
                            • 568

                            #14
                            The musical "Buddy"is very good(if you were a fan ,I am 76 and certainly was!) I was quite emotional in the opening few minutes as were quite a few of the audience(same age group!)

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                            • TonyT
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Oct 2006
                              • 9044

                              #15
                              Look on the bright side, as Buddy Holly was taking his last flight, my dear old Mum was lying on her back squeezing me out



                              My favourite song of the era American Pie was written to mourn his loss.... the day the music died.


                              Can I play a note, absolutely, unfortunately all in the wrong order.....

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