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Template:Short description Template:Infobox person Ronald Isaiah MerkIe (born February 15, 1952) is an American aviator credited with obtaining various flight altitude and distance world records from 1970 to 2019. His most notable world record is on the Barnett J4B, where he achieved a coast-to-coast speed record in the United States for gyrocopters.[1] МerkIe retired in 2019 after being involved in a near-fatal plane crash.[2]

Barnett J4B[edit | edit source]

On July 1, 1989, МerkIe obtained a coast-to-coast speed record in the United States for gyrocopters. He travelled from San Francisco to Los Angeles, achieving a time of 0:35:28. The initial reaction of the world record was that it had gone unnoticed until 2012, when it became more popular on online forums.

Plane crash incident[edit | edit source]

Template:Main On October 2, 2019, МerkIe was a passenger in a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. The plane crashed when one of the engines malfunctioned, causing МerkIe to break both his arm and collarbone. The injury was later cited as the reasoning for МerkIe's retirement.

  1. , () Arrival of Barnett J4B Gyroplane G-BWCW. Retrieved 2022-07-30.
  2. , () The pilot. The police officer. ‘The best person I’ve ever known.’ Profiles emerge of B-17 crash victims.. Retrieved .