“Doc” had the hanger three down from my Father In-Law at KRVS. He was, not only a great pilot, but a great man in general.
Air crash kills physician
By ROD WALTON World Staff Writer
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Dr. Guy Baldwin, a longtime Tulsa physician and acrobatic pilot whose clinic partner died in a plane crash only three months ago, was killed Wednesday when his aircraft crashed during a New Mexico air show.
Baldwin, 60, was performing a loop in his single-engine German-made Extra 300L when he apparently lost control Wednesday afternoon during the Tucumcari, N.M., Rotary Club Air Show, according to reports.
“There was a big cloud of dust when the plane hit,” said Daniel Morgan, a New Mexico Transportation Department aviation official who witnessed the crash.
On July 2, Baldwin’s friend and business partner, Tulsa physician Dr. William R. Barnes, was killed after his Cessna 180K nose-dived in a rural Owasso neighborhood. Barnes’ 11-year-old grandson was severely burned in that accident.
Barnes and Baldwin practiced together 25 years at their east Tulsa office. The loss of both partners in such a short time and in such a similar way left friends stunned.
“The probability of that happening is unreal,” said Dr. Denny Krout, who served as an honorary pallbearer at Barnes’ funeral. “They were both first-class people.”
The National Transportation Safety Board still has not determined a cause for Barnes’ accident.
At the time, Baldwin was quick to defend his partner.
“As far as being a pilot, he was conservative,” Baldwin told the Tulsa World on July 3. “That’s why it comes as such a surprise.”
Although Barnes was known as more of a recreational pilot, Baldwin’s interest in flying was more intense and far-flung. He began performing as an acrobatic pilot at air shows four years ago and had flown in Wisconsin, Wyoming and Missouri, among other states.
He logged more than 4,000 hours of flying time in 35 years, according to his Web site, www.acrodoc.com. His performance debut was in September 2002 at Airshow Oklahoma in Muskogee.
At one point during the media preview of that 2002 show, Baldwin flew his plane straight up into a stall before restarting and coming down safely.
“I didn’t mean to stick it right into the sun,” he told the Tulsa World at the time. “But I wanted to be stage center.”
Baldwin was known for supporting various causes such as the Make A Wish Foundation – which he had painted on his plane – as well as the Camp Fire USA Green Country Council and the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.
He also served as a Federal Aviation Administration-certified medical examiner for pilots. The Tulsa physician also wrote aviation-oriented articles for magazines such as Flying and Sports Aviation, according to reports.
In 2003, Baldwin was honored as the Oklahoma Aviator of the Year for the Centennial Celebration of Flight. Although he flew several types of aircraft, Baldwin revealed that the German plane was his favorite.
“The Extra is among the top aerobatic airplanes in the world,” Baldwin said on his Web site.
The Tucumcari crash left a 200-foot debris trial after impact, according to reports. The FAA and NTSB have not determined what caused the accident.
“Nobody on the ground was hurt,” said a dispatcher for the Tucumcari Police Department.
The air show was promptly canceled.
Krout does not believe that either Baldwin or Barnes was ever a reckless pilot. He remembered Baldwin as a “straight arrow” who truly found joy in the skies.
“It was his passion. He knew exactly what he was doing,” Krout said. “When it’s your time to go, you’re going to go.”
Baldwin is survived by his wife, Felice Baldwin, and children, Hunter and Brittny.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.