Bill Greenwood wrote:
John, Rogue, you guys have gotten the wrong idea. Perhaps I did not write the account clear enough. There was no fault for the marshallers, all of them were doing their job. Steve, Alec, and Dean are just three of the many volunteers helping keep everyone safe. Let me try again. I was parked in the grass at the west side of the P-51/Fighter area. To avoid sitting on the ground running at the start of the show which some other pilots do, I like to taxi out near the departure runway and park in advance. So,with help from the marshallers, I started up and turned around to taxi east, just as the tug moved the B-17 across the other end. No big deal, no danger, no hurry, I just shut down for aboout 10 minutes. When the B-17 was moved, I said "clear", looking at Steve who is correctly positioned at the left wing, and recieved an ok from him. Just then, just as I was about to push the start button, Alec on the right wing saw the Gator pull near the prop and stopped me. Dean was driving the Gator to escort, as he should be. Maybe he got in the blind spot, or a little too close. That is not my point! I just wanted to thank Alec for his alertness and point out how careful we need to be with props all the time and how valuable all the volunteers are. We do not need to look for someone to blame, as you can see by the video when I did start up , everything was clear.
I see. Thanks for the clarification Bill. I can't open Youtube from work so I was responding to what you had written. I obviously misinterpreted what you wrote.