Bedford lost an aviation legend last week.
Rucker Tibbs, who turned 92 on Sept. 19, passed into history on Oct. 13. As late as last summer, Tibbs, an expert aircraft mechanic, was still running the fixed base operation at New London Airport.
He was renowned among local aircraft owners and mechanics for being able to accurately diagnose an aircraft engine problem by listening to its sound over a cell phone. He was also known for a cheerful, politically incorrect, sense of humor.