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Memorial Flight in honor of WW_WhiteLily is planned for Sunday June 12, 2016, at 12 noon Pacific time/1pm Mountain/2pm Central/3pm Eastern.
WW members attending should plan to be there at least 30 minutes prior.
Visitors and guests, we would appreciate your arrival at least ten minutes prior to fly-by to get settled on the airfield.
This flight will be conducted in the W.W.1 sim “Rise of Flight” (stock version, no mods.) Please pass this news around to all virtual squadrons, RoF community etc. We welcome the attendance of any who flew with or knew Lily … Or those who simply wish to pay their respects.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of another of our own … Rebecca “WW WhiteLily” Watterson. Taken too young and too soon from all of us, the Wing Walkers wish to convey our most humble condolences to Rebecca’s family. She had become part of our family too.
You’ll be missed, Rebecca. And remembered fondly.
The passing of H. Ian “WWWringer” Smuck has cast a pall over the WingWalkers since his son, Christopher, gave us the bad news. I came to the WingWalkers via the Taipans Squadron back in 2004, and Wringer was the XO, under WWReaper at the time. I will never forget the first time I flew with the WW’s; using IL-2 (which we still use today!). I was in a Bf109, and didn’t know about Shift-F1. Ian had a voice that was unmistakable, and he told me how to fix my “problem with the gunsight.” He walked me through some things that first session, and was still walking me through all things aviation up until he passed.
I was talking to my wife about how much Ian’s passing was bothering me. I met him in person exactly one time, at our reunion in Dayton. He was the same cool, calm, and collected guy in person, that he was on TeamSpeak. I have realized over the years that the friends we make online, and talk to as much as we talk to the friends we see regularly, become as close as family. I’ve said it before, but this is my second family, and Ian was a GIGANTIC part of it.
I’ll miss his humor…err…humour 😉 I’ll miss his flying skills when he was on your team, I’ll miss the way he gave all of us tips on doing things the correct way, and I’ll miss him fixing little problems, like Shift-F1. Mostly though, I’ll just miss hearing his voice on TeamSpeak, the familiar voice of a friend that we will all miss dearly.
Rest in peace Ian. You epitomized “Once and Always.”
The Wing Walkers (virtual) Combat Squadron is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own, after a long illness. H. Ian “WWWringer” Smuck has been a long time member of our squadron, and we are honored to have known him and called him friend.
Ian held many positions within the squadron, including Commander, Executive Officer and Training Officer. He always kept a calm demeanor even amongst the most rambunctious online events where tempers tended to flare. His was a voice of calm and reason, and which the WW squadron always listened to with deep respect.
Ian always made every effort to participate in every squadron event he could, and he attended all the “WW Gathering” real life meet-up events.
Ian was a part of our family, and he never failed to share his own family’s highlights with us. Through him, we followed his son Chris’s adventures through glider school, all the way to his becoming an officer candidate in the Canadian military. Ian was always happy to share his life with us, and was never afraid to admit how proud he was of his wife, his son … and his dogs. 🙂
Ian, we will miss you.
The following is the commendation letter posted by the Commanding Officer of the Wing Walkers virtual Combat Squadron, Ron “WWSpardog” Street, on October 4, 2014 :
The “Art Stacy Memorial Award”, commemorates the life and friendship of Art “WWKat” Stacy, who was the first WW member to have passed away.
For those squad mates present tonight who did not have the privilege to know Art Stacy, he was a beloved member of this squadron. Mr. Stacy was a long serving member of the Wing Walkers virtual squadron, until his passing in June of 2006.
During those years, Art left a legacy that all WW pilot’s should aspire to reach.
Many of us who were members of other squadrons through 2006, flew against him during WW campaigns or multi-player co-ops.
Art was known by two names within the Wing Walkers virtual flight simulation community: first as WWWillie, then as WWKat.
Whatever his name on-line, Art Stacy was considered a gracious pilot whether he flew as the flight lead, wingman or as an opponent. To us who flew with –or against — him, WWKat was known as a gentleman and a man whom virtual pilots liked and respected.
Since his passing, only three members of Wing Walkers’ have earned the honor of having their name etched on the Art Stacy “WWKat” Memorial Award.
— The first Wing Walker pilot to receive this memorial award was WWSandman (2006),
— two years later (2008), WWTaco’s name was engraved on the memorial,
— and in 2012, WWHappy became the third pilot to be so honored.
Tonight, the 2014 Memorial Award recipient continues to serve the Wing Walkers’ squadron with distinction as a friend, comrade, leader and gentleman. He is the active WW member who best represents the ideals and philosophies of the Wing Walkers’ squadron.
So, it is with great pleasure for WWPlague; me, as Commander, to present to Jay “WWDubya” Stein, this prestigious Memorial Award. His name is engraved for all Wing Walkers’ to remember that now, and in the future WWDubya is one of the best and highly honored WW pilots in its ranks.
In addition to the Award, Jay receives a framed certificate for him to proudly display in his “man cave.”
Sorry about the delay in getting this on the front page… better late than never. This past Tuesday, 11Mar2014, most of us in the squadron were pleasantly surprised by the Commander when he announced the presentation of a Wing Walkers’ Squadron Certificate of Appreciation to WWTharn, in recognition for his long tenure of service as Squadron Commander.
Here is that Certificate of Appreciation: