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Old 8th Apr 2016, 22:38
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hi all, is there anyone who would remember gliding at tangmere in the atc when the co was dennis rogers. took him to the museum there today as it is his 85th birthday. If anyone remembers him would be nice to hear from you
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My late Father was on 623 GS at Tangmere from end Sep 1963 to end Jul 1968.

Looking at Dad's Log Book it seems that Flt Lt Rogers was CFI at end 1965 through to Jan 1968.

They flew together on:

8 Mar 1964 in T21 WB932 Circuits/Mutual, 2 launches, 7 mins

4 Apr 1964 in T21 XN248 Mutual, 1 launch, 5 mins

19 Sep 1964 in MkIII WT900 Air Test after rebuild, 1 launch, 3 mins

27 May 1967 in T21 WB919 Mutual, 2 launches, 10 mins

Unfortunately the only character I remember from that time (I was rather small!) is Bill Verling but I don't know if he is still with us.

Sadly Dad died back in 2005 so I can't ask.
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Hi, nice to hear from you. Sorry to hear about your dad. We were all rather small then I was only 5 in 1964 such a long time ago lol. I will check with dad re bill verling and let you know ! What was your dads name will see if dad remmbers him ? Not sure if dad still has his log books they may be in storage somewhere but it's nice that you have your dads. hope to get back to you soon sue
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hi ExAscoteer just an update yes bill verling is very much with us and living in rustington sue
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Sue,

Could you authorise your Private Messenger please?
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wont let me yet as am only a probationary !! Still trying to negotiate my way round this site at the mo sue
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I was at Tangmere in the summer of 1964, with my university air squadron at their summer camp. As a short-sighted RAF Acting Pilot Officer engineering cadet I was not allowed to fly the Chipmunk (my role was to act as 'adjutant', which translated into 'chief procurer of student nurses and teachers for the Squadron parties'...), so I remember going over to the gliding school at the weekend to see if I could get my frustrated feet off the ground.

They (and that must mean the CO) made me most welcome, and my pulling and pushing was rewarded with a number of flights in the Sedbergh WB932. My instructors were Geoff Orwin, Bob Tullett and Mr Conron. (I wonder if one of those was ex-Ascoteer's Dad.)

Many thanks to Flt Lt Rogers for making me so welcome. Not forgotten after 52 years!
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D120A if you PM me your name I'll have a look in my Dad's LogBook.
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Hi, D120A nice to hear that you enjoyed your time at tangmere. Will mention the names to dad see who he remembers. His brain is still working quite well but sadly th mobility is not so good sue
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D120A - well there's one of your skills I did not know about! Reminds me of a n exchange visit to the Norwegian Air Force Academy in 1984 with 3 recently graduated students. Four of us Brits, 4 Norwegians go into a bar and about 30 seconds later a very bright an personable former student rushes back to the group "Over here , Boss, I have found 8 student nurses". and a pleasant evening was had by all (Thanks L K)
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Hi ExAscoteer, you havent mentioned your dad's name just wondering if dad would remember him he seems to be able to recall others i have heard about on here which is good shows his marbles are still intact !!!! sue
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ExAscot (and I am also an exAscot) and tangmere teen, greetings. I lived on OMQs at Tangmere 63/64 while my dad did the Russian language course - I was born in 1959, so have limited memories only. I doubt he would have had any involvement in ATC matters, but would have in station soccer. He died 2009, his 85th birthday would be two days' time.
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hi deltahotel, same age as me then heading towards the next milestone and my doesn't it flash past these days !! I can remember playing tennis against the blast walls and the odd flight in a glider. Oh and dropping the odd puffball (fungi) on the airfield below. Hope you have fond memories of your dad those are the ones to hold onto sue
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Hello Teen. Dennis gave me my first gliding lesson in 1967,and sent me solo two weeks later,after 35 launches and 1 hour 36 mins flight time. Must have seemed OK because he allowed me 3 solo launches straight off. To put it in perspective for those not familiar with '60s ATC gliding,this was probably average.Many cadets got solo in fewer flights.
I did become a staff cadet later,managing a bit over 1,000 launches and a bit under 90 hours. Staying up not a speciality!
Afterwards,being rather dozy,and not fancying a proper job,I went into aviation.Just retired after 45 years powered flying and taking up gliding again.
Oh,yes..39 flights total with Dennis,mostly check rides.Hope I did'nt cause you you too much grief! All the best.
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I am interested to see that a couple of you here logged your ATC launches and flight times. My gliding tuition was at Hendon, at weekends probably in 1960, where I seem to remember we had to be careful when landing to avoid the posts stuck in the ground and which marked the intended housing development. I did enough to get solo for my three quick circuits from about 900 ft but I don't remember any personal logging of launches, airframe numbers or flight times. Is that due to my memory loss or was it not done at all the schools?
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76. Afaik all flights were logged ,but it was up to the individual to record the info for themselves. I don't think log books were issued for the proficiency course as it would only take up a few lines. There was a section in the "record of service book"to fill in AEF and gliding if you wanted to. (Along with the bit where your parents gave the ATC permission to maim or kill you!). 76 fan? Me too!
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D120A,sadly you lost your `sheepdog` skills when you became a `real` EngO....
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dash6. Thanks for your reply. Thinking about it I guess actual flight time didn't amount to very much at all, just as you said. "Take up slack, all out", winched to 900ft (I think that was about the highest I remember in the Cadet which was the only type I got to fly in), a quick crosswind, slightly longer downwind, sharp base, quick finals and out spoilers and hold it off for the landing ... how on earth did the instructors teach all that during such short airborne time? I think I remember seeing a Sedbergh do a 360 turn on the downwind once, I don't think the Cadet had enough height or time for that!
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Hi I remember your Dad really well. My Dad was Bill Verling and when your Dad returned to the UK a few years ago they made contact and met up. My Dad died in 20I17 aged 93. I spent almost every weekend at Tangmere up to 1970. I have a lot of Dad's photos from that time and if you contact me I will find a way to letting you have any photos there might be of your Dad
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