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Rothmans Aerobatic Team (& Others)

Old 25th Jan 2004, 16:37
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Been out of touch lately, jolly hols and more computer trouble, so have only just caught up with matters PPRuNe. From my 1974 Rothmans programme, Thread the Needle was then called Swiss Roll. From the description the manoeuvres sound the same, except the leader ended up inverted. Can't be specific from personal experience, memory fading, and I never did any of the clever bits, only hung on grimly.
What I wanted to ask G-KEST was whether they did a proper box 4 slow roll in the Stampes, or if it was only possible with the greater power, and possibly more precise control response, with the Pitts. As No3, and the roll always being to the left, I have never really managed to figure out what I was doing in terms of control. Just as well perhaps! A sort of very tight negative G barrel roll, I think, and couldn't do it without someone to formate on I'm sure. I do remember thinking that the Old Warden boundary fence was looking a bit close as Manx rolled towards me during one of my early shows with the team. I think I only concentrated on the leader from then on! Halcyon Days indeed.
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Old 26th Jan 2004, 19:36
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From the 1976 Rothmans programme, Thread needle and Swiss Roll are both separate manouveres. The Swiss Roll relates perefectly to G-KESTs description, whilst thread needle is another crossing and join up though both pairs appear to be line abreast.

Box slow roll in Stampes was included in the '72 programme, according to literature (Farnborough material)
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Old 27th Jan 2004, 16:55
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This must really be the best thread have ever read on any forum, what a history lesson ! Thankyou to all involved, wish I had something of interest to add !....... more topics like this please !
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Old 28th Jan 2004, 02:39
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Thanks Aileron Roll,

It all started with a simple query..............

Which brings me back to the Marlboro Aerobatic Team. Who were the personalities that have flown with them over the years? And what happened to them?

Phillip Meeson (obviously) now MD/CEO of Dart Group
Nigel Lamb - OFMC MD
Dick Manning - ????? Where did he go?
Phil Symmans - ??????

Any others I have forgotten?
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Old 28th Jan 2004, 04:25
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I think Ian Peacock was with the team.

Brendan O'Brien and John Taylor also flew for Philip Meeson in the early days of the team with G-BDXZ and G-LOOP.

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Old 28th Jan 2004, 04:53
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Steve Privett (and Lee Proudfoot?) also flew with Nigel Lamb either with Marlboro or Toyota (?) - now display Fighter Collection and OFMC fighters resepctively...
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Old 28th Jan 2004, 05:14
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I think Nigel still runs the Marlboro team as The Golden Dreams Team out in the far east.
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Old 28th Jan 2004, 05:22
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Did a Dave Riley ever fly with the Rothmans?

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Old 28th Jan 2004, 17:08
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Both Nigel Lamb and Lee Proudfoot must have the best jobs in aviation ! ..... some good profiles on these guys at www.ofmc.co.uk
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Old 29th Jan 2004, 21:55
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If you goto Nigels profile there is a link to his website for The Golden Dreams team.
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Old 6th Feb 2004, 00:13
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Tim,
During my time with the RAT's in 1971 we did several practices with axial slow rolls in box however, probably due to me, they all degenerated into horizontal bomb-bursts when all four of us got uncomfortable at the same moment. Three on the basis of self preservation and Manx on the basis of the money wasted in nugatory practice. I had the number 2 slot and it certainly felt like an inside/outside slow barrel roll to me however one had but a fleeting peripheral glimpse of anything other than lead for about 20 seconds. I rapidly developed the ability to s**t through the eye of a needle in some of the sessions. I suppose we must be the oldest RAT's around now. Tempus fugit.....!!!!
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Old 9th Feb 2004, 12:36
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Many thanks,G-KEST, for your reply to my slow roll question. I only drove a Stampe a couple of times, and not in formation. Delightful, and would have liked more.
My contribution to the art of the horizontal PofW feathers was a solo effort during a show for a garden fete down Headcorn way. Having done our initial loop in box, us three would do a vic 3/4 bunt from 45degrees up pushing through to 45 degrees up again inverted, while the box man went and did his individual clever thing before rejoining us on the way down again. Half way through the bunt, I found myself getting rather close to the leader, and each time I did the instinctive thing, easing the stick away from him, I got closer! I'd forgotten it works that way while upside down. Bootful of escape direction rudder, few deep breaths, switching off smoke to make myself invisible, and able to join in again a couple of manoeuvres later. As you say, a bit twitchy at times, and I'm glad it happened there rather than at the Biggin show, or Farnborough, with all the experts watching.
Bit off subject, but thanks for your website link, and glad to hear you are still thrilling the crowds. Used to hear a lot about all that in your Barnstormer days, from Manx.
I saw a Steen Skybolt once when visiting Vivian Bellamy, of fond memory, down at Land End, built from a kit by the local car respray and repair chap; it must have been in 1976/7, and just wonder if it the same one. There can't br too many around.
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Old 10th Feb 2004, 06:00
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Our Skybolt, G-KEST, was built in the USA by a guy called Alex Todd in the late 1970's. Impoted into the UK mid 1980's and severely bent in a precautionary landing due poor weather in the early 1990's. Bought from the insurers by two guys from Leicester named Kevin Eld And Steve Thursfield - hence KEST. I bought a one third share which provided the cash to initiate the extensive rebuild. Three other guys helped in a big way and got a 5% share each as a reward for their effots to be realised if and when the airplane is sold. Finished in 1997 and kept at Leicester. Has an IO-360 with Christen systems anf flies beautifully. A docile version of an S2A without the twitch but with less performance. OK to intermediate but no firther unless you want to go over the limits we have set along with the PFA. Burns 8 gallons an hour average mainly on aeros. A better way of converting hydrocarbon into sheer hedonistic pleasure I have yet to encounter.
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Old 10th Feb 2004, 18:24
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Thanks G-KEST, not the same one, and I fully appreciate your remarks about converting hydrocarbons into enjoying yourself. I'm stuck with the ride on mower,which needs mending before each sortie, and an occasional slash of the paddocks with an old Fergie tractor. Used to get slightly aerobatic with the tractor, but more careful now. Keeps me amused in my approaching dotage, and this is a great place to do it.

Bon chance, Blue 3.
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G-SOLO

As previously mentioned, the David Perrin S2S G-SOLO is still registered in the UK, although to a now defunct Company (Landitfast). Does anyone know of its whereabouts now? I know it was in the Netherlands during the 80's but can't track it beyond that.

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Old 16th Apr 2004, 18:39
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Just when you thought this one was dead...

Whilst looking for something else I happened upon some air-to-air photographs that I took of the Rothmans Team when they were working up for the first season with the Pitts S-2As. I have yet to master the black or in this case, black-and-white art of posting pictures here, but if someone would care to act as host I'd be happy to share them. Likewise some rediscovered shots of the Marlboro Team when Nigel Lamb and Phil Symmans were the new boys.
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Old 16th Apr 2004, 18:51
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That would be excellent news if you could get some pics onto the thread.

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Old 16th Apr 2004, 19:01
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See the Photo thread (sticky) for instructions about posting photographs.
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Old 16th Apr 2004, 19:32
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Aerohack,

Be delighted to post them for you - email them to my office address and I will post them on the company website until I figure out how to upload to my own webspace... got 10mbs sitting there a-wasting, can't possibly think of better way of using it! I'll be there Saturday morning, got a fighter related magazine to prepare!

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Old 16th Apr 2004, 19:34
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Treadders: Will scan 'em and e-mail to you. Thanks.
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