Rick Duckworth
July 9, 1942 - February 16, 2004

Rick was best known for his activities as an EAA Judge and was an invaluable source of information for builders and restorers aspiring for that illusive Oshkosh Grand Champion award. Rick flew a Piper PA-12 Super Cub.

 

 

Condolences to the family may be sent to:

Rick Duckworth Family
3361 N. Bagley Road

Alma, MI 48801

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to:

Air Power Museum
Library of Flight

In Memory of Rick Duckworth
22001 Bluegrass Road
Ottumwa, IA 52501-8569


Rick with Paul Tibbets, the pilot who dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

Memories
On February 16th, a bright sunny day in Michigan, our friend Rick Duckworth spread his wings and went west. A native of Alma, Rick was a pilot, and early in life earned his living as an aircraft mechanic. He worked for Hughes Flying Service in Lansing and later for Total Petroleum in Alma. While he enjoyed and was very good at working on modern airplanes, his passion was easily anything that was built from "tube and rag". He owned a number of interesting airplanes. This included a Cessna 140 that sat for years without flying on the edge of the west ramp at Capital City Airport. When the weather was bad, we often watched it rock back and forth while the flaps rapidly banged up and down. But Rick saw it differently, and step by step he found the owner, bought it, got it to run, and then to fly. He also owned an old Luscombe, N28707 that today enjoys life in the United Kingdom. Rick worked as a pilot and mechanic for Total Petroleum, and later went to work as equipment manager of the Total refinery in Alma. He and his wife, Rosie raised two young men. Son Rob has a Phd in nuclear physics and works in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Son Ryan is a teacher in the Springport school system. Rick was events chairman for the Luscombe Association, and he and Rosie traveled extensively each year to several fly-in events. They were always at the antique meets in Blakesburg, IA and Brodhead, WI. Perhaps his greatest contribution to sport aviation was his long-standing volunteer work as a classic aircraft judge at Oshkosh. Few details were missed by his experienced eyes, and he photographed the best and the unusual each year. Rick had many friends across the aviation world, and he will be missed by all of us.

Terry Lutz


Rick at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Institution

 

 

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