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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:29 pm    Post subject: P.F. Beck Flies West Reply with quote

On a very sad note I wanted to pass the word that a great man and a great Pietenpol builder and flyer, P.F. Beck passed away earlier today. He was the consummate southern gentleman. Below is a link to William Wynne’s post sharing his thoughts about P.F. William says it in a far better way than I ever could -

https://flycorvair.net/2019/08/29/p-f-beck-an-extraordinary-life-closes-8-28-19/?fbclid=IwAR1CqDrQBahtPsRfdB0VJ_PvdEe_zU9t2II73vjJLPCfRBVeVsMrQUnCNUk


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:18 pm    Post subject: Re: P.F. Beck Flies West Reply with quote

I regret to say that I never met P.F. in person, but having recently lost a very close friend whose parents said they grew tired of hearing the word 'sorry' in connection with his life, I'll say the following instead. I'm glad to have lived in the same era as P.F. because he brought so much to the aviation world and to life in general. I'm glad to know that there can still be unselfish, honorable, responsible, humble people like P.F. and I know that he has inspired others to go and do likewise by the way he lived his life. I'm glad to read about his accomplishments, and his contributions, and the recognition that he received while on this earth- but I think the most telling part of what William wrote about P.F. was captured in the picture of P.F. serving himself from the nearly-empty warming pans in the serving line at the Corvair College buffet. That, more than anything, exemplifies the life well lived, the life that finds its reward in bringing joy to others. Serve others first, then serve yourself when everyone's plates are filled- and you will enjoy your meal to its very fullest because then when you sit down to eat you'll be able to look around the table and see all those other people enjoying their meals because of your work and sacrifice. There truly is honor in being the last to go through the serving line, and I know that P.F. will find our Lord's words to be true now that he is where he can realize the truth of those words: "for the last shall be first, and the first last". I'm glad that you will now get to be first, P.F.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:17 am    Post subject: Re: P.F. Beck Flies West Reply with quote

RIP, my friend.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:29 am    Post subject: P.F. Beck Flies West Reply with quote

Oscar, that was great.  Thank you for your great and usually inspiring posts.  Chuck
On Thu, Aug 29, 2019 at 12:21 AM taildrags <taildrags(at)hotmail.com (taildrags(at)hotmail.com)> wrote:

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I regret to say that I never met P.F. in person, but having recently lost a very close friend whose parents said they grew tired of hearing the word 'sorry' in connection with his life, I'll say the following instead.  I'm glad to have lived in the same era as P.F. because he brought so much to the aviation world and to life in general.  I'm glad to know that there can still be unselfish, honorable, responsible, humble people like P.F. and I know that he has inspired others to go and do likewise by the way he lived his life.  I'm glad to read about his accomplishments, and his contributions, and the recognition that he received while on this earth- but I think the most telling part of what William wrote about P.F. was captured in the picture of P.F. serving himself from the nearly-empty warming pans in the serving line at the Corvair College buffet.  That, more than anything, exemplifies the life well lived, the life that finds its reward in bringing joy to others. Serve oth!
 ers first, then serve yourself when everyone's plates are filled- and you will enjoy your meal to its very fullest because then when you sit down to eat you'll be able to look around the table and see all those other people enjoying their meals because of your work and sacrifice.  There truly is honor in being the last to go through the serving line, and I know that P.F. will find our Lord's words to be true now that he is where he can realize the truth of those words: "for the last shall be first, and the first last".  I'm glad that you will now get to be first, P.F.

-Oscar

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:50 pm    Post subject: P.F. Beck Flies West Reply with quote

Oscar,

Great post, fortunately for me I not only got to spend a Corvair College with P.F., he also took me flying in his Piet. I guess the best way to describe him is that he's one of those guys you wish you had met many years before you did.

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