Honoring Dick Friel: Missing but Never Forgotten

 - February 24, 2010, 10:46 AM

Friends and family honored the memory of Dick Friel, 76, the flashy and well-loved marketing executive for winglet maker Aviation Partners, with a missing-man flyover on January 25 at Seattle Boeing Field. A memorial service was held for Friel at Boeing Field’s Museum of Flight, after which a formation of Learjets and a Falcon 900 flown by aviation luminaries passed overhead. At the controls of the Learjets were Joe Clark, president of Aviation Partners; Clay Lacy, president of Clay Lacy Aviation; and Chuck Lyford, a renowned air racer and adventurer. Communications industry mogul Bruce McCaw piloted the Falcon, which peeled off during the flyby as the formation’s missing man. He was a well-known business professional who is credited with the successful branding of Aviation Partners’ fuel-saving Blended Winglet Technology installed on more than 3,000 airplanes worldwide. Friel was also known as an extraordinary charity auctioneer in the Seattle area. Over the years he helped raise more than $300 million for Seattle children’s charities as well as those run by NBAA and the Experimental Aircraft Association. Friel was also well-known in flying circles.