Over 34 years ago, one of the most memorable events in my 40-year radio career happened. Being WQIK's air traffic reporter at the time, I flew out of Craig Airport twice daily . One afternoon as I was preparing to take-off, this big red-neck pheasant started checking out the plane and walking around it. He even chased the plane during the take-off roll! This pattern continued every day and I talked about it on the radio. Bingo - Bango! Me, WQIK, and the bird went world-wide. A radio contest was held to name the bird and 'Charlie Lindbird' was a great choice.
The fame was short-lived. Charlie was killled in action when he was sucked into a turbo prop airplane from being too close. A funeral was held during which Charlie was honored with a 'missing pheasant' formation fly-over. His headstone still stands in the Pet Memorial Gardens Cemetary.