Fly-Low Editor Ralph McCormick tells ANN that the first air show
in Santa Fe in four years has turned into an unexpected tragedy.
The air show opened at 1 pm MDT, Saturday. As the aerobatics
started, Larry Salganek of Santa Fe (NM) performed in his T-33
‘Thunderbird’. The second act was Rick Bobbitt of
Avalanche Aviation, Parker, Colorado. Bobbitt took off in his
Sukhoi-29, gaining altitude to begin his performance...
Jeff Riechmann (Rick-mann) has been involved in airport safety
for all his adult life. As a young airman, he was a crash-crew
fireman at Edwards Air Force Base; after his honorable discharge,
he went to work for Kern County as a firefighter, while staying
active in the Air Force Reserve. Retired now from the military, he
still is a firefighter for the county -- but he's a very special
firefighter, with responsibility for all of the county's aviation
To see the area surrounding the Mojave airport in its future
perspective you have to view it in the same terms that Walt Disney
viewed the swamps outside of Orlando in the early 1960s. That is
because if the future of private spaceflight is to grow, its
roots may best be located in Mojave.
"What I tell the guys when I do the training is that
when you work ARF (Aircraft Rescue Firefighting) is that most of
your calls are nothing. But when you get a call, you're usually on
Source: Jeff Riechmann, Kern County Fire
Chief, responsible for fire security and firefighting at Inyokern
Airport, more commonly known as Mojave.