Midland Businessman Dies in Plane Crash 2/18/14
February 19, 2014
Midland - The Midland community is mourning the loss of a well-known business man after he died in a plane crash Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened near Breckenridge, just northeast of Abilene. The man, 38-year-old Ray Hofman was known as a thrill seeker and died doing what he loved.
Known as a race car lover and a man who grew up infatuated with planes, Ray Hofman was hard to miss. As a kid Hofman was always interested by the Commemorative Air Force lanes and museum, with posters of old CAF planes hanging on his childhood walls.
In a blog posted Wednesday afternoon by one of his close friends, CAF CEO Steve Brown said, "at first he seemed almost too good to be true...he was a nice guy; a very nice guy."
But his love spread further than his planes and cars, Hofman has four sons and as described by brown he was a "good family man" always hugging and caring for his boys. Brown adds in his blog that, "their home is a young boy's dream and he got to be the fifth little-boy in their backyard Disneyland."
Tuesday afternoon Hofman died during a solo flight in his newly restored Sea Fury World War II fighter plane. Officials say just shortly after take-off the plane crashed in a heavily wooded area and was found by local law enforcement near the Stephens county airport in Breckenridge.
Ray was the president and CEO of Midland based oilfield services company Peak Completions Technologies. CBS 7 reached out to the company who say they were heartbroken once they heard the news, but that the company is in good hands.
MIDLAND - Local Midland business owner Ray Hofman died in a plane crash in Breckenridge, Texas yesterday afternoon.
According to Abilene Reporter-News, the crash occurred yesterday around 4 P.M. while Hofman was on a solo training flight in a restored WWII-era fighter plane.
Hofman, President and CEO of Midland-based oilfield services company Peak Completions, was a well-known car and vintage plane collector and enthusiast.
Hofman's children attend Trinity School in Midland, which confirmed with CBS7 that "a parent had died" and would lower its flag to half-mast in memoriam.
(Photo: Samuel Hubinette YouTube)