Mr. Ernie Carlson, President of Carlson Aircraft Incorporated, died in an aircraft accident the morning of May 24, 2000. This page was created to honor the life and memory of an EAA pioneer.

In Memory of
Ernest W. Carlson
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2001 8:53 AM

Today has been one year since my  father, Ernie Carlson's
accident -
I cannot begin to express how much he has been thought
about and missed each and everyday -
Everyday I wish I could have just ten more minutes
with him, just to let him know how loved he is and how
proud I am that he is my dad -
What I would give to have my dad back-
He will be extremely missed for a very long time-
My love, thoughts and prayers to him each and everyday -

My mother "Mary Carlson" has been a pillar of strength
for all of us, children and grandchildren, not to mention she keeps
CARLSON AIRCRAFT going from day to day. I don't know
how she does it , I only hope one day I have the inner strength
she has. Thank you Mary for everything, how lucky we all are to have
you in our lives -

God Bless All -
Michelle (Carlson)Garrett

This the secretary of Air Heritage Inc. Ernie is a member here with us and we are very upset with what has happen. We need to know if the family would like flowers to be sent or what ever and to where. I have been over to his place several times over the last few years and watched the progress on the Storch he was building as Air Heritage is located about 5 miles from Ernie on the Beaver County Airport just over the state line.

Our phone here is 724-843-2820 and ask for Dave

Thanks so much

David B Follett
Sec Air Heritage Inc.

Contributions to Memorial Fund, First United Presbyterian Church, 109 West Rebecca Street, East Palestine, Ohio. 44413. Telephone (330) 426-2417
- Webmaster

I heard about your loss through our Aeronca list serve. Very sorry to hear about it. My condolences,
Jim Spee
Redlands, California

To the Carlson family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I share your grief as Ernie and I were as close as  brothers during our younger years. Ernie and I built and flew model airplanes as kids, and both took flying lessons at Elser airport in North Lima  back in the late forties. I lost track of most of my old friends in East Palestine when I relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1966. But I have thought of Ernie often during those years. But when I found the EP home page and found this page I knew Ernie was doing well.
Again, my deepest sympathy and may God be with you and the family.
Sincerely, Carl E. Holdshoe


Shortwingers, EAAers and Aviators everywhere will be saddened to learn of the death of Ernie Carlson, founder and backbone of Carlson Aircraft in East Palestine, Ohio.

Ernie was testing his "Criquet", a two place 3/4 scale version of the Fiesler Storch the famous German observation plane of WW II. He had a problem on take off and clipped trees at end of his runway, flipped, crashed and burned.

Ernie's Sparrows in ultralight, single place and two place experimentals were sold in kit form for many years. He was a fixture at Oshkosh and Sun-n-Fun in the ultralight areas.

A great guy, always willing to help anyone in aviation and always in the most jovial of moods. He will be greatly missed in the Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania flying community as well as by those who knew and dealt with him worldwide. Our condolences to his wife Mary and his 6 children.

Bob Blewitt
Pacer 5949D

I am shocked and saddened to read of Ernie's death.

Ernie Carlson was one of the best aviation had. He was a class act.

Where ever he is, he will always fly. Even if he has to build his own wings.

Please accept my condolences.

Richard Riley
Renaissance Composites
3025 Airport Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90405

I just heard and I'm so sorry for you and Ernie. I consider you guys personal friends and wish I could say something other then I'm sorry. Both of you will be in our prayers and if there is anything you need help with please call. Ernie was a good man and a good friend, I will miss him. Please let me know when and where the services will be held . I'll pray real hard today so God gives you the strength to get through this.

Chuck and Nancy Slusarczyk

Condolences from Iceland.

Dear friends.
I did not know Ernie, but followed his participation in the Storch list, with interest. Anyone lost from the group of our homebuilding aviators, is a great loss to all of us. From the bottom of my heart, I offer his family and friends my condolences. I live in Iceland, but in the close-knit community of us aircraft people distances don´t mean a thing. God´s speed to you Ernie my friend into the eternal skies.
Sverrir Olafsson.

We wish to express our heartfelt sympathies to the loved ones of Ernie Carlson. It has been our privilege over the past years to know such a kind and caring individual. Like the saying goes...An acquaintance will ask how you are doing, but a friend will take the time to listen. As a business associate, Ernie was so much more. He was our friend. We will miss him greatly.

Karg Fiberglass Inc.
Martha, John, George, and Ed

To the Carlson's:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It's sad to hear of Ernie's passing. Just remember what he has contributed to aviation and the dreams he's helped make come true for others...the dream of personal flight in fun airplanes.

While his earthly flight has ended, we pray that this is just the beginning of unlimited beautiful, blue skies with God.

Mike and Sandy Loehle
Loehle Aircraft Corp.

I knew Ernie for more than 50 years. When I was about 9 years old and Ernie was a teenager, I used to sit in his basement and watch him build model airplanes. How many of today's teenagers would take time to show a kid how to build?

Later, he helped the same kid, now grown with a family, to recover a J-3 so I could build enough hours to get my ticket. Ernie was always there for me.

I'll always remember him sitting in a lawn chair after a long day in the hangar and watching me fly my rubber powered free flight models down the Carlson runway. He loved everything that flew. I will never forget Ernie Carlson, aviator, mentor, and most of all, friend.

Bill Harding

To The Carlson Family:
I became acquainted with Ernie & Mary three years ago when I purchased a used Sparrow ultralight. It became obvious that Ernie was one of the best in aviation. His designs are so impressive that I bought a Sparrow II kit. Since that time my interaction with and respect for Ernie has grown considerably. I consider him a friend and I will miss him dearly. Enjoy your newly found freedom Ernie, you deserve all that God has in store for you! May God give Mary the strength to get through this difficult time so she can bask in the warmth of Ernie's tremendous contributions to aviation.
May God bless the Carlson family,
Denis & Joan Weiss
West Branch, Michigan

Burro" Carlson, knowing you over the years was a real learning experience. We will miss you but will know that you are with many of our old friends that have gone the same route."Burro" Burch

Ernie will always fly on in our thoughts as one who knew it is never too late to chase your dreams. His death is in no small part from a drive to make his dream possible for others to enjoy. The Criquet will fly again, and with it Ernie and Mary in every tube and stitch.
Ed and Marilyn Buck

My thoughts,and prayers are with you;at this time.
O.V.Scott jr

Shocked, surprised, and very sad at reading these news on your page.
Receive an admirers condolences, Patrick Tinkler- Chile, S.America


I too as many others am deeply saddened by the sudden death of my good friend. I first remember Ernie when he was off to Korea and as a 9 or 10 year old, I worried about him the whole time he was gone, hoping nothing would happen. We shared a love of models, fireworks, airplanes and aviation in general. WE here at the Barber Airport and the Taylorcraft Owners Club & Taylorcraft Foundation will have Mary & the rest of the family in our thoughts & hearts for a longtime.

I flew that day and the next day and most days since, I have thought of my old buddy up there somewhere hoping that he is looking down and grinning knowing that he doesn't need medicals, flight reviews, certificates, the FAA AND the fuel is free, I am sure. God Bless All

Forrest & Patty Barber (2D1)


Dear Mrs. Carlson,

So saddened by the news of Earnies passing. I am so glad that I got to meet him and you on my two visits to your facility. You may remember that I was there in early May, and Earnie was kind enough to take me over to the welding shop to show me the new XTC. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Robert K. Shukert


I just wanted to make a small note to say how much my father and I enjoyed visiting you and Ernie. The photos were fun to take in the 'naked' fuselage of the Criquet - my friends kept saying I looked like 'Wonder Woman' in the clear plane on the website! My father felt strongly that Ernie was a craftsman and he appreciated the quality and efforts involved at your facility. I had looked forward to bringing my recently acquired JU-87 Stuka replica to your strip, but unfortunately I lost my father in an eerily similar accident on May 26th of this year - just two days after losing Ernie. Please see '' for his memorial and God bless you.

Denslow Burhans IV

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Ernie. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. We will all miss him greatly.

Ron Lalonde

Dear Mary,

We just found out when we read in a magazine that came yesterday (June 19) that Ernie had been killed in May. We are very sorry to hear that you lost Ernie, who was such a great and loving person. I remember when we first met you both in 1989 when we started in the aviation business. You were both very helpful and we have treasured your friendship all these years. He will be missed greatly by all of us in the aviation world. His legacy will live on through his designs and through you, his wife and partner. May the memories of Ernie and those special times you shared together be of comfort to you now in the days ahead. May God be with you and grant you the strength in takes to get through each day. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Gene and Darlene Hanson
Fisher Flying Products
Edgeley, ND

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