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Forum staff reports, Published March 26 2014

Pilot ‘Fang’ Maroney funeral set for Monday at air museum

FARGO – The funeral for a popular air show pilot who died in a plane crash over the weekend will be held Monday at the Fargo Air Museum.

Jim “Fang” Maroney died Sunday when he crashed his plane into the side of a mountain south of Knoxville, Tenn., in the Cherokee National Forest.

It took crews some time to recover his body, but it has been retrieved and it will be sent to Fargo on Friday, said Dick Walstad, co-chairman of the Fargo AirSho.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. at the Fargo Air Museum, 1609 19th Ave. N., Walstad said.

Maroney was flying his de Havilland “Super Chipmunk” show plane from his Milwaukee, Wis., home to an air show in Florida when he crashed.

He was a retired commander of the North Dakota Air National Guard “Happy Hooligans” and was a staple at the Fargo AirSho. Maroney was married with no children.