Ride the Glades to the crash site with The Angel of the Everglades,
"Bullfrog" Bud Marquis, rescuer of Eastern Airlines Flight 401 crash victims
See Bud's historic airboat as rebuilt by Southernairboat.com members
All Airboaters are welcome and encouraged to relive this unparalleled event in airboating history and to join members of southernairboat.com as we retrace the path and efforts of a historic Gladesman, "Bullfrog" Bud Marquis.
While frog hunting deep in the Everglades 35 years ago, Bud saw the plane crash and responded with his own airboat. He showed uncommon courage in spite of tremendous personal peril and was injured by his actions to save victim's lives deep in the heart of Florida's Everglades.
Join us as we honor the heroic efforts of Bud, show him and Nancy our deep appreciation and share in a Florida Airboat Association hosted Florida Cracker Feast immediately after the ride.
When: Saturday, December 29, 2007
Schedule of Events
9:00 AM - Airboat procession departure led by Bud Marquis, and Southernairboat.com members Sniper, John C, Cowboy, Rick, Olf Art & Goldhunter and a host of others - launch sites are west of Krome Ave. and north of US Hwy 41.
12:00 Noon - Moments of Thanks and Respect at EAL Flt. 401 crash site
Southernairboat, FAA and AAoF members, officers or organizations take no responsibility for ride conditions, operator competence, airboat equipment suitability or mechanical failure or any result of airboat ride activity.
2:00 PM Participating airboats return to ramps
4:00 PM - Florida Airboat Association hosted Florida Cracker Feast and Airboaters Appreciation Ceremony in honor of "Bullfrog" Bud and Nancy Marquis at Airboat Association of Florida club grounds.
Florida Cracker Feast is open to all ride participants - pot luck / covered dish offered by Airboaters for Airboaters. Main course will be Smoked Sausage donated by Crofton & Sons Meats / Tampa
AAoF club grounds are located on the south side of US Hwy. 41 about 7.5 miles west of Krome Ave.
AAoF GPS Coordinates: N 25*45.641’ - W 080*36.279’
Launch Site Locations:
East Ramp GPS coordinates N 25*45.701’ - W 080*30.141’ on north side of US Hwy. 41 - Conservation Area 3 at structure 334. This ramp will be better for airboats that don't like running dry and need water to unload.
West Ramp GPS Coordinates N 25*45.728’ - W 080*40.393’ on north side of US Hwy. 41 - Conservation Area 3 at structure 333 which is west of AAoF aprox. 4 miles at L67c. This ramp has less room for parking and will require dry running with not much water to unload your boat.
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