Dale ‘Snort’ Snodgrass Killed In Idaho Accident


Dale “Snort” Snodgrass, one of the warbird world’s most respected pilots, was killed on Saturday in the crash of a Marchetti SM.109 in Lewiston, Idaho. Details remain sketchy but the crash occurred just after noon. The aircraft is a high-wing STOL design based on the Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog and built by the Italian manufacturer. Snodgrass is known for his many airshow performances in warbirds and was revered in the warbird community.

Snodgrass was a legendary F-14 pilot in the U.S. Navy and was famously photographed in a knife edge pass close to the USS America aircraft carrier in 1988. Snodgrass was the F-14 demo pilot for Navy for more than a decade and has flown a laundry list of warbirds at airshows around the country. Tributes poured in after word of his death spread in the airshow community. “Snort was a talented aviator, an enormously entertaining air show performer, and a longtime advocate for the air show business,” International Council of Air Shows President John Cudahy wrote in a Facebook post. “His death is a true tragedy for the entire aviation community.”

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. So sad he was bigger than life. I saw him demonstrate the F-14 in the 90’s. It was an amazing beast of a machine expertly handled by Mr. Snodgrass. A great loss for the aviation family.