Rhinebeck’s ‘Fly­ing farmer’ dies aged 91

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Amer­i­can air­show pi­lot Stan Se­galla, best known for his ‘Fly­ing farmer’ com­edy rou­tine has died. He was a star at­trac­tion at Old Rhinebeck in up­state New York for many years, re­tir­ing in 2008. In his rou­tine he would ‘steal’ his own Piper PA-11 Cub Spe­cial and per­form a low-level show that, as one trib­ute aptly put it, ‘seemed to defy the laws of physics, or at least com­mon sense’. He also per­formed in the col­lec­tion’s Avro 504K as ‘OneShot Gatling’.

Old Rhinebeck’s web­site paid trib­ute: ‘A pi­lot’s pi­lot, Stan el­e­vated ev­ery­one around him with his ex­pe­ri­ence and skill at the con­trols of any­thing he flew... al­ways the life of any gath­er­ing or con­ver­sa­tion. His an­tics within the crowd each Sun­day are leg­endary, in­ter­act­ing with young and old, weav­ing a tale and telling jokes… cre­at­ing and rel­ish­ing the chaos that en­sued.’

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