The pilot of a de Havilland DHC-1 that crashed Sunday in Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest has been identified as a veteran airshow performer, Jim “Fang” Maroney, 59, of Brookfield, Fla.
Maroney, whose Super Chipmunk Airshows was scheduled to perform this weekend in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., was found dead Monday morning after searchers located the aircraft, which had been reported missing Sunday night. The de Havilland DHC-1 is also known as the Chipmunk.
According to his website, in 1981 Maroney graduated No. 1 out of 1,500 pilots from Naval Flight Training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. In 1983, he was rated No. 1 in his class at the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, “Top Gun,” at Naval Air Station Miramar.
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