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Pilot dies in Wisconsin crash, former Happy Hooligan, Air Museum volunteer

Yak 55 flown by Bill Cowden
WSAW TV Wausau, Wi.
Yah 55 flown by Bill Cowden

WSAW TV, Wausau, Wi.
Yak 55 flown by Bill Cowden WSAW TV Wausau, Wi.

STEVENS POINT, WI (KFGO-AM) -- Another stunt pilot with Fargo connections has been killed. Bill Cowden died Sunday while performing aerial acrobatics at an airshow in Stevens Point, Wi.

Cowden, who lived in Wisconsin, was a pilot for Delta Airlines, and a former F-16 pilot with the North Dakota Air National Guard. He retired in 2006 with a rank of Major. Cowden was also a frequent volunteer at the Fargo Air Museum.

In March, Casselton native Jim Maroney was killed when his plane crashed in Tennessee while enroute to a Florida airshow. Maroney was also a pilot for Delta, a former Air Guard pilot and frequent performer at the Fargo Airsho.

Cowden was flying a YAK-55, a russian single-seat aircraft. Witnesses said the plane spiraled down, looped up, then crashed into trees next to the airport.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the cause.

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