We are shocked and devastated to learn the news of Chuck Kimes accident at Al Ain International Airport within the United Arab Emirates in which he and 3 other airmen perished when their Aleutian Goose bound for Texas, crashed on departure. Chuck’s loss hits the aviation community but also our seaplaneforum.com where he was a member since June of 2010. Just a few short days ago, he shared the details and planned route of his trip with our group of pilots and seaplane enthusiasts but also on facebook. We were looking forward to see pictures and get frequent updates from the endeavor he and Tyler Orsow, together with two other Western U.S. pilots had undertaken. He checked in from London, and when they got delayed in Dubai, they went out for some fun, exploring their surroundings. Our forum learned about losing him on Sunday. A great man with so much passion, always only one email or phone call away – he will be sorely missed. As one of his friends on facebook stated: “Surreal” … Godspeed, Captain Charles Kimes.
Editor Remark: We have started a farewell thread for those lost which you can find here.