Carl Herbert Badgett
August 6, 1937 – April 27, 2021
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Carl Herbert Badgett
May 8, 2021
I feel most fortunate Carl shared much of his knowledge & experiences with me. He was truly a treasure to know. Here’s some of what I will remember about him: Carl learned to fly as a teenager and continued his involvement in aviation as a life long passion, flying, rebuilding and owning a broad range of aircraft from Culver’s to Waco’s. His favorite plane to fly was the North American T-28 Trojan (first flown in 1949 and used by the Navy, Marine Corps & Coast Guard well into the 1980’s). Carl was a Naval Aviator who enjoyed the challenges of flying and due to his exceptional piloting skills, even volunteered for night landings on aircraft carriers, one of the most demanding of all flying environments. He also flew as a 747 Captain for Pan American Airways and piloted some of their renown trans-pacific flights. Carl was a fixture at Harvey Field, literally and figuratively, with a hanger, an extensive shop, and a residence on Harvey. His abilities were far ranging, and included writing screen plays, restoring pianos and even recreating a 1938 Packard seen at some Snohomish events. Carl was a member of local Harvey Field Chapter #84 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and often contributed his knowledge & expertise to those who were building, remodeling, flying or just curious about how to use an “English Wheel” for advanced metal work. He will be sorely missed by all he helped and mentored in the local community.
April 29, 2021
Carl and I have been friends for decades. The last time I saw him was on April 10. He was doing some writing and asked me to critique it. Hearing about his passing understandably makes me sad for countless reasons. He trusted me enough to go flying with me on many occasions. He eagerly offered help and expertise in aircraft maintenance. He had a great sense of humor and keen insights in many areas. He was a great flyer. He served and love America. Today and for some time to come I will reflect upon the loss of my trusted and respected friend, and all the while I will be giving thanks to God for blessing me with the gift of such a fine friendship.