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Old 04-19-2018, 11:23 AM
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Nickel in the grass brother...

Thoughts and prayers for the family.
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Old 04-19-2018, 04:20 PM
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http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nat...88&mid=7824321

A Tragic Loss for his family & friends.
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Old 04-19-2018, 06:56 PM
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Tom was instrumental in the completion of my RV. My father and I worked together for many years to build our RV6A, but when it was ready for flight, my father was too disabled to fly it and I did not yet have my license. Tom performed the first flight, and flew off the 25 hours. Then we winched my dad into the rafters of the hangar, and lowered him into the plane. Tom took Paul on his one and only flight in our RV. Thanks Tom, I will never forgot you and your help...
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:48 PM
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trying again with the pic
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Old 04-20-2018, 04:17 PM
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Hello all:

The Cape Coral, FL News-Press has just published a great tribune to Tom. Here is the link:

https://www.news-press.com/story/new...ing/533298002/
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Old 04-20-2018, 05:13 PM
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Here's the picture Eric was trying to post of Tom helping to give Eric's father a ride in their new RV6A.

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Old 04-20-2018, 05:25 PM
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I can't resist posting this picture. I do not recall just how Tom got the plane and smoke in this particular arrangement...

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Old 04-22-2018, 12:20 PM
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Met Tom briefly at OSH just after returning from Iraq in 03'. We shared a few War Stories from each others generation. Great guy.
He also carved a mean prop!

Prayers for his family.
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Old 04-22-2018, 03:19 PM
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Met Tom briefly at OSH just after returning from Iraq in 03'. We shared a few War Stories from each others generation. Great guy.
He also carved a mean prop!

Prayers for his family.
V/R
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The prop carver is Paul Irlbeck, Tom's brother.
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Old 05-23-2018, 05:26 PM
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Default Pictures and video from the Wisconsin Celebration of Life

Here are some updates, pictures and video from this past Saturday's Celebration of Life event at Tom's hangar in WI. There was a similar event in FL last month. Tom really had a profound effect on many, many people, both in and out of aviation.

Tom Irlbeck

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