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Old 5th Nov 2017, 19:25
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The late Mike Brooks? Sad to hear he's no longer with us; he was a thoroughly nice chap during my time at RAFC.

As for the ATCOs at the time: "Remember, remember Brenda, remember remember Brenda....."

Not quite as naughty as the infamous "Click click" from one of the people-formerly-known-as-WRAFs ATCOs at another Learning Command station....
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Old 6th Nov 2017, 07:06
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The late Mike Brooks? Sad to hear he's no longer with us; he was a thoroughly nice chap during my time at RAFC.

As for the ATCOs at the time: "Remember, remember Brenda, remember remember Brenda....."

Not quite as naughty as the infamous "Click click" from one of the people-formerly-known-as-WRAFs ATCOs at another Learning Command station....
Hope that's not Mike Brooke, ex OC Flying Farnborough.
Was posted from Farnborough to Boscombe where he flew a Harvard through a parachute which had just been dropped from a Hercules.
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Old 6th Nov 2017, 10:11
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Ivor Gibbs, who had been my Shackleton co-pilot for 3 plus years, became the leader of the 1970 team on the Mk.5.
I have 1974 Red Pelican brochure and Ivor Gibbs is still the leader. I remember it well because that was the year of my one and only JP flight with the late Marcus Edwards who was No 4 in the team.
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Old 6th Nov 2017, 13:24
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Originally Posted by pulse1 View Post
I have 1974 Red Pelican brochure and Ivor Gibbs is still the leader. I remember it well because that was the year of my one and only JP flight with the late Marcus Edwards who was No 4 in the team.
If I can stir the pot. The final year for the Red Pelicans was 1973, the year it was led by Ivor Gibbs, this was his only year on the team.

The 1970 team was 1 Sqn Ldr E.D. Evers, 2 Flt Lt T.R. Francis, 3, Flt Lt J.W. Davy, 4 Flt Lt K.J. Tait. with Flt Lt R.D. Brown acting as reserve.

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Old 6th Nov 2017, 13:48
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Chevron - I think not. He and I have been in electronic correspondence over the years, mainly about his books. he has moved back from N France to (very) southern UK. Last in contact earlier this year.
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Old 6th Nov 2017, 15:36
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If I can stir the pot. The final year for the Red Pelicans was 1973
I've just checked my logbook and my flight was October 1973. So the Pelicans had probably disbanded by then. I know that Marcus left the Navy soon after that.
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Old 6th Nov 2017, 15:48
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chevvron,

It's "Mike Brooks" that I referred to, not "Mike Brooke", different people.

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Old 30th Dec 2019, 08:09
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Hi,

Sorry to drag up an old thread. Trying to find some more information, pictures, literature about my grandad who recently passed away.

He flew with the macaws from around 1968 to the early 1970's possibly. His name is James (Jim) Adams.

I have attached a couple of pictures from things i have found either online or in books.

Interested in anything that anyone has!

Thank you in advance.
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Old 30th Dec 2019, 08:44
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Hi,

Sorry to drag up an old thread. Trying to find some more information, pictures, literature about my grandad who recently passed away.

He flew with the macaws from around 1968 to the early 1970's possibly. His name is James (Jim) Adams.

I have attached a couple of pictures from things i have found either online or in books.

Interested in anything that anyone has!

Thank you in advance.
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Old 30th Dec 2019, 23:45
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Originally Posted by ben645 View Post
Hi,

Sorry to drag up an old thread. Trying to find some more information, pictures, literature about my grandad who recently passed away.

He flew with the macaws from around 1968 to the early 1970's possibly. His name is James (Jim) Adams.

I have attached a couple of pictures from things i have found either online or in books.

Interested in anything that anyone has!

Thank you in advance.
Ben
Hi Ben,

According to my records. Jim Adams flew with the team as No.4 during 1968-69. I have plenty of photos of the aircraft, but nothing on him I'm afraid. You can recognise the Jet Provosts of the 1968 team as they wore a unique grey and red colour scheme, whereas from 1969 onwards the aircraft adopted the standard red/white/grey scheme.

Here is a slide I took of the team on arrival at RAF Colerne for their 'At Home' Day on 6th July 1968 and I guess your Grandad must be in the cockpit of one!

1968 Macaws team at Colerne 6 July 1968
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Old 13th Jan 2020, 15:34
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Mike Brooke is still around, had electronic correspondence with him only a few days ago
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Old 14th Jan 2020, 10:16
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RAF CAW Aerobatic Team, Manby 'The Macaws', 1968. L-r: Flt Lts WR Shrubsole, PG Cowen, JDT Wingfield and JH Adams.
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Old 14th Jan 2020, 10:39
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I have attached a couple of pictures from things i have found either online or in books.
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Old 14th Jan 2020, 11:04
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Originally Posted by rodclayton View Post
I was No.4 in the '69 Red Pelicans team,on the JP Mk.4, which was led by John Robinson; the No.2 was Tony Davies and No.3 "Mac" McKenzie-Crooks; John Davy was the "whipper In". All of us but "Mac" met at this year's 100th anniversary of CFS held at RAFC Cranwell; our first reunion since the end of 1969! We intend to meet a bit more frequently in future. Ivor Gibbs, who had been my Shackleton co-pilot for 3 plus years, became the leader of the 1970 team on the Mk.5.
Rod: A slight mis-pole, Sqn Ldr Eric Evers was leader of the 1970 team. Ivor Gibbs assumed command of the team in 1973 This was the last CFS Jet Provost display team.Four Jet Provost T.5s of CFS, Little Rissington, The Red Pelicans.

Sqn Ldr I C Gibbs, Capt R Lord USAF, Flt Lt B Byron RAAF, Lt M Edwards RN.
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Old 14th Jan 2020, 12:06
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Red Pelicans in 1973: Ivor Gibbs, Dick Lord, Bruce Byron, Marcus Edwards and Adrian Wall
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Old 14th Jan 2020, 13:44
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Vampiredave Thank you so much for posting this photo. I am going to use this on the order of service for my grandad's funeral (Jim Adams) Hope this is OK?

Thanks again
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...........Or, perhaps this one?
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RAF Leeming Swords Team Members 1974 Dick Thomas No 4, Mike Fox No 3, Bob Thompson Leader, John Aldington No 2- Happy Days
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Old 20th Jan 2020, 11:56
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I raise you - Gemini team at Cameri, 22 May 1973 Lt - rt: Sqn Ldr Olly Knight (manager), Fg Off Dusty Miller (Gemini 2), Flt Lt Brian Fuller (commentator), Flt Lt Bob Thompson (Gemini 1), Wg Cdr Robin Blockley (CI). Front row - SAC Ron Anderson and SAC Bob Goodier.
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