Remembering Bob Odegaard

Just posted to YouTube is a memorial video for Bob Odegaard, who died Sept. 7 in a crash of his Super Corsair as he was practicing for an airshow. The video, put together by Alan Ripa, features a song written by Bob’s good friend, Ed Newberg, titled “I Miss You Bob.”

The video debuted last weekend during a memorial for Bob at the Commemorative Air force Museum at Falcon Field In Mesa, Arizona. According to Alan, there were about 800 people in attendance for the memorial tribute.


  1. Dick Phillips says

    I first met Bob, when he was building his TBM Avenger and had started on his P-51.
    I’ve spent several days at him and Gerry Beck at their hangers, and flown with both of them. Gerry flew me in a T-6, for those first test flights on Bob’s mustang, when I first the first in-flight photos. I flew with Bob to Reno in both his C-47 and once in his Cesnna 414. Bob and Donna out me up for the night, when we were heading out early for a flight to Reno. Bob and his family are indeed a “First Class Act” and both Bob and Gerry are both missed greatly.
    Gods speed to both of you.

  2. Wes Coble says

    I was truly shocked recently to learn of Bob Odegaard’s passing. I had briefly talked with him at the Tunica MS airport a few years back about his Corsair, which he was standing in front of & a more engaging & easy going man he was to answer my questions. While I have been flying GA aircraft since 1956, at the time I hadn’t heard of this remarkable man; however, I got hooked on Max Hayne’s website, and found that Bob was a giant in his field. This tribute says it all, and sad to say that I’ve witnessed too many of these stories over the years, but BOB ODEGAARD will be missed!

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