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Murray A. "Buzz" Winslow

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Murray A. "Buzz" Winslow Obituary
MURRAY A. (BUZZ) WINSLOW Murray was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Monday, July 28, 1924. He passed away in Hemet, California on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. He will always be remembered for his great love of flying. He retired a Major from the United States Air Force. During his military duty his talent as a pilot afforded him the opportunity for a flight with Charles Lindberg. He instructed William P. Lear, Jr. in P-51's and is mentioned in Lear's book, "Fly FastSin Boldly". Whether bailing out of a P-47 in the South Seas, shooting down MIGS over Korea or experiencing major malfunctions to various aircrafts as the Test Flight Maintenance Officer at Luke AFB, Buzz demonstrated courage and heroism. Buzz bought his beloved Swift after retiring from the USAF. Yellowbird, N78150. Fully aerobatic with 180 horses. He looped and rolled that Swift for 38 years and would dogfight any challengers. He called it, "Sky Dancing". His favorite comment was, "When I am Sky Dancing, I'm a part of the earth, a part of the sky and a part of the plane." He was a licensed technician as well as a pilot and later became Manager of Maintenance for Orange Co. Aviation. While working there he was recommended to Mr. Richard Meyer of Meyer Investment Properties. They formed Businessmen's Air Service, a Part 135 operation, for which Buzz had full responsibility, the maintenance as well as the piloting for a Cessna 441. In 1983, he and Barbara were married. Theirs was a romance of enchantment. They flew together all over the United States. Buzz's enthusiasm was contagious and Barbara earned her pilot license when she was 50. Buzz taught her many advanced maneuvers and even bought her a Swift of her very own. One of their practices was to fly formation, laugh, love and make sure that their last stop for fuel was at locations where there was a dance floor nearby. Being married to Buzz was magical. In 1992 Buzz and Barb retired and decided to move his business to Georgetown, Ohio where they lived in an aviation community. Buzz continued his owner assisted annuals earning him many awards, including The Charles Taylor, "Master Mechanic" award in 2001. In 2002 he was named Maintenance Technician of the Year from the FAA Great Lakes Region. His accolades are too numerous to mention. Barbara will dearly miss Buzz. His stepson Donald, wife Roxanne and his stepson Sean and his wife Donna are deeply saddened by his passing. Cherishing their memories of him will be grandchildren; Melissa, Natalie and Garrett. Buzz has five daughters whom he dearly loved; Kathy, Nancy, Cindy, Jane and Paula. Those who love and honor him know that he is now free of regulations and the limitations of the earth. He is free to loop, roll and dogfight to no end.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 1, 2014
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