James "Seamus" McCaughley
was a great performer and a friend to many. He was also a great
mechanic. He fixed up cars, raced motorcycles, built and modified
airplanes and loved to fly. He died on July 3, 2011 near the Santa
Paula airport in his Cessna 180. Kristin Keppel was also killed in the
crash. Blue skies and tail winds, buddy. You will be missed. This page
is placed as a memorial to Seamus, and includes photos from the
Celebration of Life and of photos from shows.
During the Camarillo Airshow, the
Skytypers left this message in the sky for Seamus.
Seamus' "Bleagle" parked in
front of the hangar used for his Celebration of Life
Wreath placed near the Bleagle.
Seamus' room-mate of 20 years talks
about their adventures.
Seamus' Step-mother talks
January 2011 at the Cable Airshow.
Rich Ferdon and Rowena Mason flyby as part of the memorial.
Rich Ferdon and Rowena Mason flyby
as part of the memorial..
Flying Cross memorial. Flown by Judy Phelps (pax Dianne Williams Deana), Michael Terry (pax William Tinsley), Chris Olmstead, Clay Phelps,
Darin Moody and Pete Mason.
Sammy Mason flying over.
Navions perform the fingertip formation for the missimg man.
#3 pulls up for the missing man.
Seamus with Tim Just and Sammy Mason at the Santa Paula Airshow in
After just finishing his performance at Camarillo in August 2010.
Seamus awaiting engine start at the Cable Airport in January 2011
Seamus with Steve Stavrakakis, Mike Montgomery, Frank Donnelly and Ro
Harrison at Cable Airport in January, 2011
Seamus and Kristin at Santa Paula.
Kristin took this photo of me photographing Seamus at the Santa Paula
Airshow. I will never forget either of them, nor will many others.
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