RANDY RHODES – Died Thursday 18th March 1982

A very talented guitarist.

The Fat Angel Sings

On Thursday, March 18, 1982. Ozzy Osbourne played a concert at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. The next day, the band was heading to a festival in Orlando, Florida. After driving much of the night, they stopped in Leesburg,Florida, to fix a malfunctioning air conditioning unit on the bus while Ozzy Osbourne remained asleep. On the property there was an airstrip with small helicopters and planes.

Without permission, the tour bus driver and ex-commercial pilot Andrew Aycock took a small Beechcraft F35 plane registered to a Mike Partin. On the first flight, Aycock took keyboardist Don Airey and tour manager Jake Duncan. He then landed and a second flight took to the air with Randy Rhoads and makeup artist Rachel Youngblood aboard. During the second flight, attempts were made to apparently ‘buzz’ the tour bus, where the other band members were sleeping. Aycock succeeded in making two close passes…

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