Air show</TXT> <TXT>crash kills</TXT> <TXT>Lake City</TXT> <TXT>stunt pilot


Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 8:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

A well-known Lake City stunt pilot was killed Saturday when his modified Pitts S2S biplane hit the ground and burst into flames during a Dayton, Ohio, air show, according to news sources.

Jim LeRoy, 46, is thought to have died instantly when his plane struck the ground shortly after 2:30 p.m. during an aerobatic sequence he was performing during the 2007 Vectren Air Show at the Dayton International Airport, according to the Dayton Daily News.

A highly regarded pilot, LeRoy was only one of 11 pilots to ever receive both the Art School Showmanship Award and the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship, according to LeRoy's Web site.

The Web site also states LeRoy was a former Marine Corps scout/sniper and had piloted single-enginer and multi-enginer aircraft and was also qualified as a helicopter instructor, instrument instructor, airplane instructor and aerobatic competency evaluator.

The Dayton Daily News reported Tuesday that a memorial service will be held at the DuPage County Airport in West Chicago, Ill., on Aug. 8.

In lieu of flowers, LeRoy's friends and family are asking that contributions be directed to a scholarship fund being set up in the name of his son, 4-year-old Tommy LeRoy.

Contributions should be directed to the Jim LeRoy Jr. Memorial Fund, in care of Harris Bank, 110 E. Irving Park Road, Roselle, IL 60172, according to the Lake City Reporter.

LeRoy is the second pilot from North Central Florida to die in an air show crash this year.

Eilon Krugman-Kadi, 58, of Gainesville was flying his L-39 Albatross training fighter jet in the TICO Warbird Air Show in Titusville in March when his plane plunged to the ground for unknown reasons, killing Krugman-Kadi instantly.

The National Transportation Safety Board has yet to release a final report detailing the cause of Krugman-Kadi's crash.

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