Retired Air Force captain and "air boss" loses battle to breast cancer
Dec 30, 2011
The man behind the AirFest at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Richard "Dick" Cutshall, has recently lost his battle to breast cancer, according to The Tampa Tribune.
Cutshall was a retired Air Force captain and aviation pioneer. He helped run the fighter pilots zoom over the local stadiums along with the air show, AirFest, which he established in 1987. He died at 62, the media outlet reports.
"From my heart, he will forever be a legend with MacDill," Chip Diehl, a retired Air Force brigadier general who commanded the base from 1999 to 2001, told the news source. "He will live on forever. Every time we see an AirFest, or a fly-by, we will remember Dick Cutshall."
According to the American Cancer Society, even though it is much less common, men can get diagnosed with breast cancer. One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the disease at some point during their lifetime, whereas the same goes for one in 1,000 men.