Confessions Of An Airshow Announcer – The Missing Man

An Ongoing Series


Tom Lymburn

From a Planes of Fame – East show at Flying Cloud, a diamond flyby with two Mustangs, a Corsair, and a Hellcat, representing the Army Air Force and the Navy. The diamond is often flown ahead of the Missing Man to showcase the aircraft.

"Now Lieutenant," Randy often said. "You know you've been in aviation a long time, when the list of people you knew, is longer than the list of people you know."

When he first said that to me over three decades ago, I didn't fully appreciate what he meant. Now, after announcing aviation events since 1991, I understand his message. Randy Sohn, and many others, all part of my aviation experience and life, have "Gone West."

It was Al Pike at Planes of Fame-East, who first handed me a mic. As show boss, he planned and coordinated the flying. At each Memorial Day Weekend show at Flying Cloud, t...

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