Dale “Snort” Snodgrass, chief pilot at Lakeland’s Draken International, died Saturday when the Italian-built SIAI Marchetti SM.1019 he was flying solo crashed and caught fire shortly after taking off from Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport in Idaho, The Aviationist reported. Snodgrass, 72, who retired as a captain after 26 years as a U.S. Navy pilot, was the original demonstration pilot for the F-14 Tomcat and flew more than 850 airshows during the last 20 years. | ALSO: A personal remembrance in The War Zone

Source: The Aviationist

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