Hogue Knives Owner Dies in Plane Crash

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Aaron Hogue, one of the owners of Hogue Knives, was killed Sunday in a crash during the Stihl National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada.

Hogue, a longtime private pilot with thousands of hours of flight time, had top position for the start of the Jet Gold race. At around 4pm his L-29 plane, named “Ballista,” crashed during the third lap, a few miles away from the spectator stands. As for what precisely caused the sudden tragedy, no one is able to say at this point. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are currently investigating the incident.

The race, and all subsequent races and ceremonies, were suspended following the crash. “We express our deepest sympathies to the pilot’s family and friends as well as racers and race fans who make up our September family,” the Reno Air Race Association wrote in a Twitter post.

Hogue is well-known in and outside the knife industry. The company was founded in 1968 by Aaron’s father Guy Hogue, producing pistol grips and other firearms accessories for decades before entering the knife industry. Partnering with Allen Elishewitz, Hogue established itself as a serious contender in the premium production knife arena, releasing a well-rounded catalogue of folders, fixed blades, and automatic knives.

It’s sad news, and our sympathies go out to the Hogue family.

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