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All of us ago frequent these pages are familiar with the wisdom and insight provided by Wayne Bookout, AKA Preacher1. Many of you know of his health problems of late, and I wanted to pass along to the FA community that our friend Wayne had "slipped the surly bonds of Earth" and met his Lord yesterday afternoon. I never met Wayne inn person, but became friends with him through conversations here and on other social media. I learned a lot about flying and about life from him. Fly high… (www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com) More...

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WeatherWise
WeatherWise 86
"Preacher1, squawk 1200, frequency change approved..." R.I.P.
allench1
allench1 13
That was hard to read,but awesome
wingnut016
wingnut016 8
Well put WeatherWise! Makes me swallow hard reading that.... R.I.P. Preacher1.............
DonMc123
DON MCLAIN 5
Good post WeatherWise.
kclayton27
Kim Clayton 4
I don't understand plane language but that puts a lump in my throat. I have enjoyed his posts and commentary. He sure told it like it was/is. He seemed like a great man. I wish I could have met him.
allench1
allench1 14
For your understanding as a non pilot squawk 1200 means flying VFR in good weather. frequency change approved means in this case leaving communication to go to his destination,the gates of heaven.
Ruger9X19
Ruger9X19 9
And the ... at the end is what got me. The lack of a response confirming the hand off, such a powerful message with so few words.
augerin
Dave Mathes 4
...copy that...
bishops90
Brian Bishop 37
Sorry for the typos, I'm on my phone. Not listed in his obit was his thousands of hours in various aircraft including his favorite, the "high steppin' lady" the Boeing 757. Wayne was a pilot's pilot. He knew his stuff. I teased him about writing a book of his stories. I wish I could've convinced him that there are people who would love to hear them. He will be missed. Please pray for his family.
sparkie624
sparkie624 18
Just a note on that, he had tons of hours in the early 707's flying both airline captain and corporate flying, it recent years he has spent much of his time in the companies CRJ-200 and Boeing 767 and he enjoyed them both. In current time he also flew their companies King Air as well....

He shared with me his best memory of flying was very recent when he had the unique distinction of flying an Angel One flight where he was requested by the family to fly the fallen soldier from Dover Air Force base back to his home base in Fort Smith, AK with full military escort and by talking to him that was the greatest flight he ever flew.

He will be missed greatly.
canuck44
canuck44 10
Yes, that Angel Flight was most memorable to him...he talked of it when we discussed the Life Flights and how they help families of the ill. He revealed his own emotions during that flight and afterwards. I think he was actually a little surprised that it made such a deep impression on him after his previous service and all the years of flying. It is a measure of his humanity that this was most memorable in all his aviation experience.
BudFields
Bud Fields 8
Anyone who pilots an Angel One Flight is a hero. Period. In my mind, nothing takes more guts, or yields more honor.

Thank you, Captain Bookout for a life so very well lived.
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 3
That sounds like something Mr. Bookout would do. I wish i could be a quarter of the Man he was.
allench1
allench1 13
Thanks Brian, I was so intrigued by his post and became a friend over cell phone conversations, so I flew up from KDTS to meet him about a year ago. He was the sequential Southern gentleman, country through and through. I will miss his simple explanations that always cut through all the chatter that made his remarks so insightful. God just got a new angel that will not need to learn how to use his wings. Allen Churchwell
canuck44
canuck44 6
Thanks for posting typos and all.
oowmmr
oowmmr 2
You're right. I was wondering..."Where is Preacher1?". Thanks for the 411.
mduell
Mark Duell 25
13,203 squawks comments - #1 squawks commenter by a factor of 3.5.
PhotoFinish
PhotoFinish 13
Rest in Peace ol' buddy. Your presence and words will be missed.
jpcooper
Peter Cooper 18
Preacher1 taught me a lot about US aviation over the years...I admired his passion, his love for Boeing aircraft and the fact that he did know what he was talking about. His toleration of us " non licenced " types will long be remembered. God Speed Preacher1. CAVU forever.
bishops90
Brian Bishop 5
CAVU indeed.
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 6
I can remember saying CAVU one day......and Preacher chimmed in saying i was a bright young gun. I will never forget the feeling of awe that came over me just because Preacher acknowledged me. Blue Skies Preach
scott8733
scott8733 14
Thanks for the post Brian. Preach will be sorely missed by one and all. He was a voice of wisdom on the board.

Methinks (as he would often say) he's soaring much higher in the sky than cruising altitude. RIP old friend.
patpylot
patrick baker 14
I had met preacher only through these squawks, for he seemed to comment on things I found of interest, and his comments seemed reasoned and critically accurate. I think he has found what he expected and hoped for in his progression and travels, beginning yesterday. My wishes go out to his survivors.
bishops90
Brian Bishop 13
Hi all, Wayne's son Mike wanted me to let you all know that he had read all of your comments here and to pass along how much they appreciated the kind words, thoughts and prayers for the family and the admiration we all shared for his dad.
canuck44
canuck44 22
RIP, old fellow. He and I met and became friends on Flight Aware exchanging many private emails in addition to sharing posts on FA as his health deteriorated. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy never dimmed his optimism, his faith or his love of aviation and his family. We will miss all miss him and his insightful and often humorous comments.
jcatherton
John Atherton 3
His words will be missed...we are poorer for his loss. R.I.P. Preacher
sparkie624
sparkie624 11
He was a great personal friend and always had good advice. I enjoyed talking with him as we communicated much away from here. I talked to his wife yesterday and they are all doing well.
AABABY
AABABY 3
Sparkie624, you may have to be a voice of reason and calm now.
sparkie624
sparkie624 4
LOL... I will try... I always depended on Preacher to put out my fires...
bbabis
Bill Babis 3
Thanks for checking in.
LoralThomas
Loral Thomas 11
Wayne and I shared many an email as we both were fighting cancer. We never met personally even though we lived only a couple hundred miles apart. Rest in peace my good friend. May you forever fly high in calm winds.
bishops90
Brian Bishop 6
Thanks for the comments. Best wishes to you in your battle with cancer also.
LoralThomas
Loral Thomas 17
Can't help but think St. Peter was surprised to see a 757 parked outside his Pearly Gates Thursday. Bet they've been flying ever since!
DerekCooks
Derek Thomas 7
Nicely said, Loral, and thanks for a chuckle in the midst of the loss. True words, yours.
jshhmr
josh homer 10
Such sad news. Wayne was my favorite commenter here. Very knowledgeable and passionate about aviation. He'll be missed. Prayers to friends and family.
wktaylor
Wilfred Taylor 10
I met he/wife when we purchased their home in KS, 1998.

Wayne was also an airline pilot and an avid gardener; and had a sweet wife!

I'd heard he/wife had taken the leap and moved to their 'vacation home' in NE OK or NW AR [never sure where].

The last line of the old poem 'Pilot Soul Bails Out' comes to mind...

"And this we know... we dare not doubt...
with a triumphant deathless shout,
the valiant pilot-soul BAILS OUT!"
sparkie624
sparkie624 4
They moved to the North West portion of Arkansas, Where I believe that he was born in or near "Dardanelle, AK". His mother or mother-in-law lived next door to him as well, and he helped take care of her.
joelwiley
joel wiley 10
Only knew him through the squawks and emails, and will miss his comments and perspectives. I will remember him for his 757 love, meeting the blackbird at Kadena, and comments on the Kai Tak checkerboard. Rest in Peace my friend.
PLANESOLUTIONS
PLANESOLUTIONS 8
God rest his soul. We will miss his contributions and wit each day. From all evidence, Preacher1 was an integral part of American aviation.
wopri
Bon Voyage preacher, you will be missed.
imomahasek
Jim Morris 8
Thoughts and prayers RIP
DerekCooks
Derek Thomas 8
I was looking through FA Squawks on Thursday and found myself wondering if Preacher1's comm was in for repairs. A reasoned and active squawker - he is missed. V2, preach!
DSchultz101
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 7
I'm not saying goodbye, for Preacher will live on in my heart. I always relied on him as the voice of reason and compassion. Blue skies always.
marinesteban
Esteban Marin 7
Farewell Wayne
whip5209
Ken McIntyre 7
I always looked forward to reading his posts. This forum won't be the same without him; his knowledge and humor. RIP
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 7
Preach on Preacherman!!!
mk882004
Matt Kladder 7
I've been reading his comments for a long time. I don't comment on here often, but when I did he always seemed to respond. Will miss reading his insights.
SNOWY3034
As a non aviator I have followed Preacher1s squawks for many years and always found them to be interesting and informative. I'm sure he will be missed by so many aviators and FlightAware members.
Condolences to his family.
30west
30west 6
Farewell my friend! I always enjoyed reading your posts, and respected your opinions, advice, wealth of aviation knowledge and your faith in God. May you rest in peace, my prayers for you and your loved ones.
allench1
allench1 6
Whom ever put thumbs down on every post is a very disturbed person. Hopefully flight aware can stop his ability to post
bbabis
Bill Babis 2
I think most of us have a pretty good idea of who it was. Rest assured though that it will be a very difficult task to keep up with.
bishops90
Brian Bishop 2
I was wondering the same thing. Who does that? Geez....
andyc852
Preacher1 will be sorely missed. I am not a professional pilot but his posts always encouraged us lower beings to comment and learn. I will miss him very much and my (newly repaired) heart is heavy.
RIP
bishops90
Brian Bishop 6
Just thought I'd throw out there that his Arkansas Razorbacks took down #9 LSU tonight, so in Wayne's honor, I give a hearty WOOO PIG SUEY!This one's for you buddy.
bbabis
Bill Babis 6
Well done, well said, and a life well lived. Watch over us all now Preacher1 and rest in peace.
CaptainFreedom
A huge loss of wisdom and candor on this forum.....RIP Wayne.
paultrubits
paul trubits 5
RIP Preacher! When I read a new post on FA, I will always think WWPS. What would Preacher squawk? Thanks for making my life a little better!
omrigaron
Ryan Hodges 5
Really shows how certain people on FA have become somewhat of an extended family.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 5
I'm late getting this awful news. I will miss Wayne greatly even though our friendship was confined to public and private conversations. Condolences to his family.
CyranoSmith
CyranoSmith 5
Hey, never met the fellow, except through here, and I'm crying.
May your final landing be gentle, Preacher1.

Dana "the madman" Hansen
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 5
Tears are coming down onto my keyboard right now, with a smerk across my face. Mr. Bookout(Preach1) is now forever flying. Blue Skies to a great man. Cheers
elsegundo
Rob Jose 5
This sim jockey learned quite a lot from reading his comments. RIP
linbb
linbb 5
Always like to read his comments on here and ask questions that he would answer. May his flights always be under sunny skys, smooth air and sitting in that seat he loved so well. Now that he has gone west as they say he will be missed on here by more than just me.
Doobs
Dee Lowry 5
Preacher...you are cleared for a straight out departure! Our conversations about "Checkerboard Hill" and the Hard Right producing a major "Pucker Effect"...I still think about that. And you can't forget the "BIZ Bag" when you blocked at the gate! You will be missed, my friend. You were always my "wingman"! Your flight plan landed you in a special place. Take that Boeing 757, rotate and pull some "G's"!! God Speed, my friend.
sparkie624
sparkie624 3
Unrestricted climb approved to "Angels Unlimited", Have a good flight!
tisom2
Terry Isom 5
God bless Wayne and his family. I enjoyed reading his posts and experience in aviation. Rest In Peace Preacher....
bkoskie
Billy Koskie 5
Calm winds and VFR, Preacher1. You'll be missed.
Ruger9X19
Ruger9X19 5
Heartbreaking loss for this community, and I'm sure a worse loss for his family. I'm at a loss for words, never met him but still would consider him a friend.

If anyone organizes a memorial fund or gift for the family from here let me know I would be interested in contributing.
andyc852
I too would support this. I also think that his family might get great comfort knowing how he was a respected aviator and that he had world wide friends, most of whom he never met.
All this may be possible through the Funeral Home Website.
bishops90
Brian Bishop 5
Great idea. I sent his son Mike a message to inquire about that. I'll post instructions when I hear back from him.
I also sent him a link to this board so the family could read all your comments. Thanks to everyone.
sparkie624
sparkie624 4
I was thinking the same thing... That would be a good thing... I will contribute as well.
conmanflyer
connor oslie 5
I always enjoyed reading his comments anytime i saw them. RIP
danlittle
Dan Little 4
I, too, will miss him. Invariably, I turned to his comments/posts for wise, and welcome commentary. May his family be comforted.
Moviela
Ric Wernicke 4
A great pilot, humanitarian, and an intelligent commentator on aviation has been stilled.

Rest with the Angels Wayne, your place in heaven is assured.
avihais
Another one too early to earn their wings. RIP.
immermannjoseph
Joseph Immermann 4
I will miss the level-headed and informative comments from Preacher1. People like him make this site something very special. Thanks, Preacher1 - God Bless
danielatc81
danielatc81 4
Wow. Thank for your contributions Preacher1. You will be missed kind Sir.
bentwing60
bentwing60 4
He's not gonna miss that sweet iced tea as much as we will miss him! Besides, I'm sure they have sweet tea in heaven.
eagle763
John Hale 4
Prayers for his family. May God bless them in this time of sorrow. He has received his last set of wings that will never be taken away.
pilot62
Preacher1 always seemed like a great Man, I had a few conversations with him here- I only wish
I'd been able to meet him - Always first rate, and yes knew more than most -
You'll be missed sir - Squawking wont be the same without you !
Enjoy the flying the Universe Cap. Prayers to your family.....
ALoenen
Andrew Loenen 4
Amazing man, loved reading him through all these years!
delmonaco03
I always enjoyed his posts. They were informative to anyone regardless of skill level in aviation. He will be greatly missed in the squawk postings. Thank you for your service to this country and your expertise in this industry. May you rest easy sir and your family find peace.
gearup328
Peter Steitz 4
"To fly West is a final check we all must take". Preacher, cleared for takeoff. Fly heading 270. Climb and angels are unlimited. R.I.P.
Bernie20910
Bernie Behling 3
A good man, taken too soon. Godspeed.
SmokedChops
SmokedChops 3
Thank you, Preacher, for sharing your wisdom and insights with the rest of the world. Knowledge is useful to one person, when it is shared with many, it becomes priceless. Godspeed!
COYOTEHUNTER
COYOTEHUNTER 3
Surely,
He has slipped the surly bonds of earth.... and touched the face of God...
May he rest in eternal peace...
cnyflyboy
My sincere sympathy to his wife and family!
yr2012
matt jensen 3
fdxcas
john engle 3
rip preacher
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 3
RIP Mr.Bookout
Av8nut
What a huge loss for all of us. He definitely knew his stuff. I learned a lot about aviation from him.
joiseau
Jay Schumann 3
Sad news his insight and honesty will be sorely missed here.
joblai
joblai 3
Oh no! I learned so much from him. May he rest in peace!
yakc130
Doug Zalud 3
I always liked the info that he posted. Very "Been there. Done that" in the most positive, polite, educational, and entertaining way.

Rest In Peace.
geoffjoy
Geoff Joy 3
I always read his comments with great interest because he seemed consummately professional in his outlook and demeanor. I'm not a pilot but have known some. My father trained in a Stearman 75 prior to WWII but was never licensed. I travel for a living so I'm always interested in what commercial pilots have to say.

My condolences to the family and I'll be keeping my eyes to the skies for a while in contemplation.
Weatherize, that was a brilliant post.


BTW, AK is Alaska and AR is Arkansas. You had me fairly confused for a few posts there.
PattyVanoy
Patty Vanoy 3
It's hard to believe. He never knew me, but I had (still do) great respect for Preacher1. Blessings to his family...
badflaps
mike boden 3
I was the guy that flew him through the front MEM/LIT. Not sure I did him any good. Tail winds Skipper.
Bobqat
I'm fairly recent to this forum, a lowly groundlubber with a permanent crick in the neck from peering skyward - but I always enjoyed Preacher1's squawks and felt the presence of a kind, gentle soul filled with wisdom and humor. May his family and friends find smiles and peace in their memories of a Good Man.
oregonmatt
Matt Mohlman 3
My prayers are with his family. It was always good to read his level-headed wisdom here.
WhiteKnight77
WhiteKnight77 3
My heart goes out to Preacher1's family. This winger (ex-crew chief on CH-46s) looked forward to his posts and insights on aviation. Preacher, look up my Pops, you two have a bit in common. You can kibitz over the way strike packages were created (if a strike pilot in 'Nam) as he had a big hand in it while he was over there. Y'all can also talk about what took you to meet St. Peter. RIP
VKSheridan
VKSheridan 3
R.I.P. Preacher1. Your posts brought a very informed, experienced based perspective to this reader who looked forward to them "for the rest of the story".....

Squawks will continue but they won't be the same.
brianmross
Brian Ross 3
we will miss you!!
boeller731
Pete Boeller 3
Always enjoyed his calm and level headed posts. I only knew him from FA and will miss his informative and knowledgeable input.
bennettgaryw
Gary Bennett 3
God speed,now you are free of the pain may you rest in peace...
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 3
I am very late in getting this sad news and am so sorry I'll never meet Wayne face to face, in this world anyway and for the loss to his family. I was hoping to remedy that on my next trip to East Texas but alas I'm too late. God speed fellow traveler. WE didn't know each other long, just long enough to miss you, your wisdom and calm demeanor. God bless you and keep you. Until we meet again.
clandel
I enjoyed all his posts. He will be missed here. Condolences to his family. RIP
vanstaalduinenj
He will be missed. Never met him in person but could just tell he was a great guy over the FA chats.
gina25
Rest in peace Preacher 1. God bless you and your family and friends. I will miss your comments on here. Sleep tight.
busheyrk
Richard Bushey 2
I only knew Preacher1 through FA and he was the reason I looked forward to Fridays. Had missed his posts recently and was concerned. Knew he had health issues from reading his posts. He responded to a couple of my posts which I greatly appreciated. I think everything that could be said has been said in the 119 other posts. I'm sincere when I say RIP CAPT. WAYNE BOOKOUT and extend my condolences to his family.
DonMc123
DON MCLAIN 2
It sad to hear this as a long time lurker that enjoyed Preacher's posts. RIP sir!
lynx318
lynx318 2
Through our cyber chats, only knew him as Pracher1, it was not enough! Farewell 💜
AABABY
AABABY 2
Sail on Preacher1 You did good. We all will miss your wisdom and good sense.
glen4cindy
Glen England 2
R.I.P. I'm really going to miss his insight here......
ejfisher129
Esther Templin 2
Have enjoyed his commentaries, but what better day to meet your maker than Thanksgiving. My condolences to his circle.
khaiduk
Kevin Haiduk 2
I loved reading his posts. He was always here with sage advice. He will be missed by us. He probably is looking down and smiling.
Boodog710
Jack Carson 2
A real shock, I was not aware he was in bad health. Prayers for his family and friends. RIP
lukesk8s17
Luke Sima 2
Rest in paradise ;)
KennyFlys
Ken Lane 2
Rest in peace, Sir. You will be missed.
planedame
planedame 2
Not familiar and I see what I've missed. Always sad to see such distinguished souls leave our midst. God Bless Preacher1 and his family....and vector him safely to new horizons.
japanjeff
japanjeff 2
We'll miss you Wayne!
augerin
Dave Mathes 2
....fly on, Preacher1...Godspeed......
david1220
David Calejo 2
Preacher1,All systems are go bud, enjoy the flight of the heavens

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