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Dick Merrill (1894–1982)

These days, it's a little hard to imagine the celebrity status once given to pilots, but for the generation prior to WW2, pioneer aviators were revered like astronauts were in the 1960's. While not as famous as Charles Lindbergh or Amelia Earhart, Henry Tyndall "Dick" Merrill ranked as a world-famous pilot by the 1930s - most notable for the 1936 ... See full bio »

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Sadly, he and his wife Toby both outlived their sons. Their first son died of crib death in 1940. Their youngest son Ricky was murdered in their Miami home in August, 1982 while the Merrills were living in Virginia. Ricky was facing a prison term for marijuana smuggling in Louisiana and given the fact that a co-defendant survived an attempt on his life the previous June, his murder was ... See more »

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