Lee Behel, a longtime tenant at the Hollister Airport, crashed his cherished GP-5 racing airplane on Monday, Sept. 8, losing his life at the Reno Air Races.
Management Services Director and Airport Manager, Mike Chambless, described Behel as "A super nice guy; he did a lot for the (annual Hollister) Airshow, and was always ready to help other people."
According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the Reno Air Races planned a tribute this week for Behel, 64, who was killed in the crash at Reno-Stead Airport. Behel was a past champion at the Reno National Championship Air Races and a retired fighter pilot for the Nevada Air National Guard. He was the only person on board the single-engine aircraft.
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