UPDATED: Kindred Pilot Dies in Airplane Crash at Barnes County Airport


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CITY (NewsDakota.com) – A well-known pilot from Kindred has died after his airplane crashed Friday at the Barnes County Municipal Airport.

Sergeant Troy Hischer with the North Dakota Highway Patrol says 66-year-old Bob Odegaard died at the scene after his 1945 Super Corsair crashed at about 5:55 p.m. Odegaard was practicing his routine for the Wings & Wheels Airshow scheduled to be Saturday at the airport.

Hischer says witnesses say Odegaard was attempting a barrel roll prior to the crash. Odegaard’s son, who was also scheduled to perform Saturday, was the first person at the scene of the crash.

Dennis Helland, chairman of the Barnes County Airport Authority, says the airshow has been canceled, saying, “people that are scheduled to perform tomorrow, don’t want to fly.”

Helland says Odegaard was a legend in the flying community, and had mentored Tim McPherson, co-director of the airshow, for the past 35 years.

The Federal Aviation Administration arrived on the scene shortly after 8 p.m. Friday and is taking over the crash scene according to Hischer.

Odegaard was one of several performers Friday who were doing practice flights in advance of their scheduled performances Saturday in the airshow.

Wreckage from the crash. Photo courtesy Sergeant Troy Hischer.

Wreckage from the crash. Photo courtesy Sergeant Troy Hischer.

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  1. Randy Reply

    While I did not know this gentleman it is always a terrible thing to lose a fellow pilot, especially with his son present. May God ease his sons pain and bring peace to all who loved him. Now he fliies with wings of his own.

  2. I have known Bob for over 30 years & my heart is breaking for his family. You would be hard pressed to find a better pilot anywhere but more than that, he was a very classy & a man who never forgot anyone’s name & always treated everyone the same.
    It was a honor & privilege to know Bob for so many years – RIP my friend till I see you again & thank you for letting me share your life.

  3. WCOG Reply

    I fondly remember seeing Bob and this F2G perform at AirVenture for many years running, this is such a tragedy and my heart goes out to his family.

  4. One the greatest all around people I have ever known, a truly sad day. God’s speed my friend!

  5. OHguy Reply

    Our thoughts and Prayers go out to all of Bob’s family & friends….. Bill & Margaret Soplata

  6. brownstarr Reply

    Question….initially, on the first article that NewsDakota posted, it said he ejected (didn’t use the word “ejected” but some other reference to it), and that his parachute didn’t open. Where did they get that from?

  7. Rodney J. Williams Reply

    I have followed the F2G Corsair @GAC since 1945. I visited #74 at Walter Soplata’s home in 1987. I had posted a historical photo essay on LSP’s website starting last December, ( http://www.largescaleplanes.com ). I took lots of photos of #74 @ the CAF Museum in Mesa, AZ last November.

  8. Noah Hicks Reply

    “The Federal Aviation Administration arrived on the scene shortly
    after 8 p.m. Friday and is taking over the crash scene according to

    That should be NTSB, not FAA.

  9. Jerry Helland Reply

    I did not know Bob, but a friend in the CAF told me about him. It is always sad to hear of a fellow pilot loosing his or her life in an aircraft, but those who have not flown may not understand what drives one to fly, especially fighter-type aircraft. I envy
    Bob having had the opportunity to fly the Super Corsair. RIP fellow aviator.

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