With a Heavy Heart: Tulsa Loses Dr. Perry Inhofe – Three Operations on My Family

Dr. Perry Inhofe (52), the son of Senator Jim Inhofe and Kay Inhofe, died in a twin-engine plane crash yesterday near Owasso, Oklahoma. We heard the news that a plane had gone down yesterday, but only late this afternoon learned that Dr. Inhofe was the pilot and had perished. He was a skilled orthopedic surgeon, specializing in hand surgeries. He has operated on my mother and two brothers. Each of the three had differing causations. He was a kind and caring man, always smiling. This is a great loss to our community and to the Inhofe family which this city has loved and respected for many years.

Dr. Perry Inhofe, Cole Inhofe, Senator Jim Inhofe

Dr. Perry Inhofe, his son Cole Inhofe, Senator Jim Inhofe

The plane crashed in a wooded area about five miles north of Tulsa International Airport at 4 p.m., approximately 15 minutes after the pilot reported engine trouble.

Perry Inhofe, an orthopedic surgeon, graduated from Duke University in 1984 and attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, according to the Oklahoma Surgical Hospital’s website. Inhofe is listed as a physician with Central States Orthopedics in Tulsa, the website says.

Inhofe was a licensed pilot and flight instructor, according to FAA records.

According to FlightAware, a flight tracking website, the plane took off from Salina, Kan., and was en route to Tulsa International Airport on a 43-minute flight.

The plane had been traveling at speeds in excess of 300 mph before decelerating at 3:43 p.m. According to FlightAware, the plane’s speed dropped to 98 mph at 3:44 p.m. In the final recorded data, the plane was flying south at 110 mph at 3:50 p.m. at an altitude of 1,100 feet. Source: WND

Continuing a family tradition (Aviation News September 29, 2013) – more here:

More than 30 years ago, Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) taught his son Perry to fly in the family’s 1954 Grumman Tiger. Perry’s first cross-country flight after he soloed was to Oshkosh, his dad sitting proudly in the seat beside him.

Fast forward to this year’s Oshkosh and Inhofe, a regular at Oshkosh no matter what is going on in Washington, D.C., keeps looking at his watch. He’s waiting for the arrival of the family’s Grumman, this time piloted by his grandson, Cole, who soloed just three weeks before the big show. In the family tradition, Cole was taught to fly by his father at Riverside Airport in Tulsa.

Two men were in the woods about 400 yards from the crash site. They saw “one propeller out” and the plane spiraling nose down. They hoped to rescue the occupant(s) but said the plane was engulfed in flames. (Photo courtesy of Aviation News)

The Daily Mail says the aircraft was a “twin turboprop” Mitsubishi MU-

Senator Jim Inhofe

Senator Jim Inhofe

2B-25. Message to The Daily Mail: Senator Inhofe is only “controversial” to Liberals who despise and hide the truth, and that includes Liberals ‘across the pond.’

My deepest sympathies go out the entire Inhofe family and all who loved this talented man. Thanks to fellow-Okie, I’m a Man, I’m 41. 

If the video disappears or will not play, view it here.

Dr. Perry Inhofe – Plane Crash (video)

Linked at The Lonely Conservative – read more here.

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