Sky 5's first pilot, Randall Watkins, dies at age 66

Posted March 24

— Randall Watkins, of Fuquay-Varina, who was the first to pilot WRAL-TV's Sky 5 helicopter, died Thursday.

Watkins trained to fly helicopters in the U.S. Army. He was a warrant officer and served 12 months in Vietnam. He trained other Army pilots at both Fort Bragg and Fort Rucker in Alabama before leaving the Army in 1976.

He joined the WRAL-TV staff in 1979 and left in 1981.


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  • Marcia Locklear-Jacobs Mar 24, 2017
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    Charlie Gaddy alive and well.

  • Eric Gee Mar 24, 2017
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    2 legends gone. Rest in peace to both of their families. A young Charlie Gaddy in the 80s, and Randall Watkins. Thanks for covering the news in the Greater Nc area so many decades

  • Sheila Rohrbach Mar 24, 2017
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    could that be a young charlie Daddy beside him???? I think so