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If this is the ever-cheerful Lesley Hardy who flew as a first officer on the Dart Herald at BAF - Feb/Mar 1978 in my logbook - then this a bit of a shock, because she could only have been aged early sixty-ish. She left BAF to join ABC on the Argosy at East Midlands.
Along with Caroline Frost and stewardesses Liz Howard and Hildegarde Donbavand, she was in BAF's first all-female crew, which got quite a lot of publicity at the time.
Yes it is the same Lesley who was part of that first all-female crew.
She retired to a place near Shannon with her late husband Peter (also a commercial pilot) and did some instructing and air accident investigation. She was only 59. Sad.
I flew with Leslie with ABC on the Merchantman when she got her command. She was a one-off, most entertaining and a professional aviator. Very sad to hear of her early passing, proceeded by Peter some years ago. I well remember the huge emblem of an Eagle on the bonnet of her powerful American sports car with the motto 'On the edge of Forever'. RIP Leslie.
lesley was a great lady, we lived near her here in ireland She always talked about her time Flying , She loved planes and her german shepard dogs which will miss her greatly, she would have celebrated her 59th birthday the 26th of october,
I believe I crewed up on perhaps her last Flight , L188 at EINN with HCA(IRL). I only knew Lesley for a few months and she was an unforgettable character. A genuinely lovely and entertaining colleague who was always good for a laugh and a joke. She brought out the best in all. She told me that she was happy to hang up her wings, because she now preferred to spend her time with her pack of German Sheperds at Six Mile Bridge. God speed Lesley and I hope you enjoyed retirement, RIP.