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What a wonderful experience you enjoyed with them earlier, and what a stark contrast in conclusion. My heart goes out to you. None of you will be "over" it any time soon. The mind is a funny thing, Tony could tell us much more about how it works in these situations, and how it parses what it needs to so we can cope.
You aren't going to feel normal for awhile, don't try to. Yesterday as I walked out of the hangar I looked up at Glenn's picture, talked idiotically to him for about five minutes, put the door down and drove away. I still haven't fully processed the loss, maybe never will. And Sheila and I have lost family in a variety of terrible ways, so we're not strangers to loss. It just doesn't get any easier.
FWIW, I think Zim's analysis, and mine are pretty accurate. Lot's of little factors just lined up at the wrong time, the wing stalled and that was it. I've said it a number of times, to survive in the air show business you have to be at 110% of your best, every time, and that is humanly impossible. When I look at the list of my friends, literally the best of the best, they went out at a point where their best just wasn't at the required 110% level that day for whatever reason, and it got them. Some acts like Franklin, Leroy, etc, just kept getting further and further out there in the realm of risk, and pure statistics/odds go into play. You do that long enough, it is going to get you. Yesterday was just one of those flukes where conditions conspired and lined up for a tragedy.
Charlie dies in a landing roll accident, Glenn is lost doing a simple break that he had practiced six times the day before. This is all the stuff that swirls through my head as I raise the hangar door. If it can happen to them...............................Certainly, what they do raises the risk bar to a level I have less than zero interest in approaching. On the other hand, I have lost a number of friends in general aviation shortly after the words, "let me show you this..." were spoken. No one is immune.