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A Great Loss for the Seaplane Community

August 1, 2010

Telford Allen

It is with great sadness that SPA received word of a seaplane accident this morning on Moosehead Lake at Rockwood, Maine, in which Telford Allen, past President of SPA died.  Telford’s companion Nathalie Holmes-Moody, who was a passenger in the aircraft, survived.  Natalie was able to exit the amphibious Cessna 185 after it landed with the gear extended but Telford was not and was found deceased inside the submerged aircraft.  Natalie was taken to the Greenville Hospital and is to be transferred to the hospital in Bangor, Maine.  she was listed in stable condition Sunday night.

Telford Allen founded Telford Aviation Services in 1982 in Waterville as a mom-and-pop charter flight company. It relocated to Bangor International Airport in the 1990s and evolved into the Telford Group, a regional and national leader in both airplane parts sales and maintenance.

The company was sold in 2009 to ACC Holding LLC of Milwaukee, Wis., several years after Allen turned the running of the business over to his sons, Telford Allen III and Travis Allen.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and members of the Seaplane Pilots Association, our heart felt condolences go out to the family, and we wish Natalie a speedy recovery.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Ryan Stafford permalink
    August 2, 2010 8:24 pm

    My thougts are with Talfords family. You will be missed.

  2. August 3, 2010 2:00 pm

    We have all lost a good friend and to me, my aviation mentor. I survived an accident last spring that cost me only my airplane. Telford was not as fortunate-we will never be able to replace this aviation icon. Never forget how quickly events change our lives.

  3. Gerrard Ellmers permalink
    August 3, 2010 10:34 pm

    A truly great man – I was only yesterday sharing story’s involving him and his wonderful adventuring spirt! Hard to believe that he’s gone! My sincerest condolences to the Allen family.

  4. Edward T. Clampit permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:00 pm

    It seems like yesterday when I last spoke to Telford, when in fact it was last fall at the fly-in up on moosehead and he was getting ready to head off to teach a group of pilots to fly helicopters and he wished Jayne and myself a safe trip back to Massachusetts, Telford was a good friend of mine and I knew ever since he went to work for Folson’s way back when and I just can’t believe he’s really gone, we will all miss this great pilot and friend to all who knew him and my heart felt condolences goes out to the Allen family………..

  5. August 25, 2010 2:59 pm

    I am deeply saddened by this news. He will be missed and was a source of great inspiration for me and many floatplane pilots.

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