Dick Lemmon - gone West

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Re: Dick Lemmon - gone West

Postby gahorn » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:42 pm

He often gave me the thrashing that many of you thought I deserved. I loved the guy.

blueldr wrote:Hey Del, tell George that it's only when you see a mosquito landing on your testicles that you realize that there is always a way to solve problems without using violence.
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Re: Dick Lemmon - gone West

Postby N2625U » Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:28 pm

gahorn wrote:He often gave me the thrashing that many of you thought I deserved. I loved the guy.

blueldr wrote:Hey Del, tell George that it's only when you see a mosquito landing on your testicles that you realize that there is always a way to solve problems without using violence.

That is a classic!
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Re: Dick Lemmon - gone West

Postby 3958v » Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:09 pm

The forum here will never be the same!!! Always loved his common sense approach to problems. Bill K
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Re: Dick Lemmon - gone West

Postby 170C » Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:52 pm

I always enjoyed seeing Dick's quips. He personified not being politically correct, which I enjoyed. Tell it like it is! I had hoped Dick might have been able to have attended our 2011 San Diego convention so I could have met him. Unfortunately Dick wasn't able to attend. Several of our members had the unique opportunity to meet and visit with Dick. Wished I had of been so fortunate.
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Re: Dick Lemmon - gone West

Postby SteveF » Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:59 pm

Very sad news!

Each time I went to the forums I would wonder if there would be an aviation or life gem from Blueldr.
Always fun to read his free spirited outlook on life and regulations. I will miss his wit greatly.

Rest in peace Blueldr !!
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Re: Dick Lemmon - gone West

Postby rydfly » Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:26 pm

Dog-gonnit, I've spent too much time away from the forum and am only just now learning of Dick's passing. Like so many others have already said, I'll miss his contribution to our community, both in common sense and snarky wit.

I'm printing out all of his "wisdom" below to post in my hangar in remembrance.

Godspeed and blue skies, ol' Dick!

DaveF wrote:I assume you have closely checked your wind up clock in the instrument panel. They do a lot of ticking.

Bootlegger that I am, if I wanted that exhaust, I'd get one, install it, and forget it. If anyone asked id just say it had always been there.

Show me an inspector who knows just exactly what an original panel is supposed to looked like.

Maybe some of those bugs were slow flyers with some lead in their butt.

If that engine was mine, I wouldn't be concerned about the legality of that engine on that airplane or spending any money for a STC. I'll bet there isn't one piece of FUZZ living that is ever going to check on it. It has probably been on one or another C-170 for sixty years or more.

I can'i imagine a real aviator that would stop flying just to get married, have a child, and buy a bouse. What kind of a aviator would even think of buying a house before he even had a airplane?

MOGAS !!! The only way to go !!! Local Price of 87 oct. today $1.78/gal. at Costco. That's the stuff that makes them hummers really hum !

I think he's the guy running the weed eater on the IAA airport work parties in Idaho.

In my considered opinion (I don't have any humble opinions left) the only way to really determine the useable fuel amount is to fly the airplane on one tamk, with the skid ball centered, until the engine quits, then note the amount required to top it up again.

What the hell? I thought the pilot lounge is where we go to shoot the you know what!

I found slop between the tail spring and spacer in my airplane the first time I worked on the tail wheel. I cut out a piece of a tin food can and fitted it between the two and it was the perfect thickness to provide a tight fit.

Bruce says that helicopters don't have gascolators! I knew there must be something wrong with them.

For gods sake tell George quickly and very briefly what Goat heads are or he will look it up and will write one helluva long page about them!

My impeccable source informs me there is also an internal memo floating among the FUZZ advising them to also get down on their backs under all C-170s and check that no one has illegally installed a spring loaded sump drain valve in their fuel selector drain plug hole. I expect to see heads roll and baskets of tickets lifted.

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Re: Dick Lemmon - gone West

Postby Bruce Fenstermacher » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:48 am

There he is. I can now put a face with the writing and the voice on the other end of the phone.
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Re: Dick Lemmon - gone West

Postby gahorn » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:54 pm

Richard Pulley visited with him and told me that he ate the same thing every morning... SOS using lots of real butter! Apparently his secret to longevity. LOL
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Re: Dick Lemmon - gone West

Postby hilltop170 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:31 pm

Yep, I visited Dick twice and spent a couple of days with him each time around 2010-2012 if I remember correctly. There was still a working rotary telephone in his guest room. We went out to his hangar, Pep Boys, ate at cheap restaurants, and spent hours going thru every story he could think of. I might have prompted him to tell a few of them.

Even in his late 80's he could remember blower ratios, gear ratios, and operating specs of P&W 985, 1830, 2800, 3350, and 4360 engines. He sat side-saddle in some and flew as pilot in Norsmen, DC-3s, B-29s, C-124 Globemasters, and DC-6/7s. I never tired of listening to his stories.

George is also correct about breakfast. 1lb hamburger meat, whole stick of butter, salt/pepper, and milk. Didn't drain off the grease. I made my way thru college eating SOS and kippered herring but Blueldr's SOS was by far the best I ever ate.

Those are some of my fondest aviation memories.
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