- Published: August 2, 2011
Mitchell Cary, 64, a retired United States Air Force test pilot who worked at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a civilian, died last Saturday in a plane crash outside of Springfield.
Cary was piloting a Wright “B” Flyer’s Silver Bird look-alike with Don Gum of Beavercreek, who also died, when it crashed in a field in Green Township in Clark County, three to four miles south of the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport. Witnesses heard the plane sputtering. The Federal Aviation Adminstration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
Cary was a board member, volunteer and former president of Wright “B” Flyer Inc. of Dayton, an organization that flies and displays look-alikes of the Wright brothers’ first production airplane.
Cary grew up on a farm near Hamilton, Ind., graduated from Purdue, the Air Force Institute of Technology and the University of Dayton.
Cary flew more than 45 types of Air Force, Navy and Army aircraft. He was a long-time officer in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and had been a theology graduate student at the University of Dayotn.
Services will be held for Cary at 4 p.m. Thursday at Bethel Community Church of the Nazarene, 4400 Osbourne Road, in Medway.