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8:19 AM Mon, Nov. 19th

Editorial: Airshow survives tragic 2006 crash

The Arizona Skyfest Air Show went off Saturday at Ernest A. Love field with a great crowd, spectacular demonstrations and lots of interesting aircraft.

To most of the general public attending, it looked like any previous air show only better.

For the organizers and many of the regulars, it was a bittersweet day - bitter because William "Billy" Friedman, the operations director of the show; Warren Parkes, its executive director; former military and commercial pilots Andy Boquet and Donald Eugene Morris and photographer and mobile disc jockey Joshua Vaughan all perished in a tragic plane crash last Oct. 18 near the airport while taking aerial photos of a MiG jet.

It was sweet, however, that despite the loss of Parkes and Friedman and the destruction of a laptop computer that contained all the air show records in the crash, the Prescott Air Fair Association was able to reorganize itself and pull off this past Saturday's excellent event.

For any of those who knew the five souls lost in the crash, the pain of loss will linger for years.

But they were there in spirit and they surely are proud of how things went this past weekend.