The Mid-Atlantic Gateway remembers

The 1975 Wilmington Plane Crash

by Dick Bourne, with contributions by Shawn Hudson, Becky Taylor, and David Chappell. Excerpts from Richard Sullivan, and Press Reports.

plus a Featured Link to John Molinaro's excellent retrospective on Canoe SLAM! Pro Wrestling 

The Gateway Remembers . . . 



David Chappell's Tribute:

Johnny Valentine - The Champ


Johnny The Champ

by Bruce Mitchell

from the Pro Wrestling Torch website.



The Story

 Newspaper Promo Ad for the Wilmington Card

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Press Reports

Promoter, 3 Wrestlers Injured In Plane Crash  Charlotte Observer


3 Wrestlers Remain In Hospital

Greensboro Daily News


Six Injured in plane Crash Here

Wilmington Sunday Star

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National Transportation Safety Board Report

Johnny Valentine's

Final Card

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From the Booker's Datebook...

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(courtesy, Greg Price)



The "WWE Confidential"  Retrospective

An excellent piece by the WWE including  interviews with David Crockett, Ric Flair, and Shawn Hudson (who wrote the eye-witness report for our website.) Originally aired on the TNN cable network on December 14, 2002.


On-site in Wilmington

A first hand account of how events were handled at Legion Stadium the night of the crash.

by Shawn Hudson (special to the Gateway.)


Featured Link:

The Plane Crash That Changed Wrestling

by John Molinaro from the Canoe SLAM! Wrestling Website


Ric Flair's Perspective  by Dave Meltzer


Detailed information from The Ric Flair FAQ

by Becky Taylor

Other Material on Johnny Valentine

Johnny Valentine Returns to the set of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling

from the Audio Studio on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway (MP3 audio clip)