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John Farley

Old 14th Jun 2018, 17:31
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One of the aviation greats of the post-War generation. RIP, Sir.
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 19:27
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Very sad news, we have lost a first class aviator and gentleman.
Condolences to his family and friends.
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 19:39
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Very sad news indeed. One of the few commentators on here whose posts i always read with a lot of interest because i was sure i could learn something.

My condolences to his family and friends.
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 20:17
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RIP John. You were a true icon of the jet age and a real gent. You will be very sadly missed; my sincerest condolences to your family and friends.
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 20:34
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I met John a few times as he lived in Selsey not far from me when I lived down that way. He even rung up once to ask if he could come and fly electric RC aircraft at the farm, but never did (sadly) despite me saying yes. A truly great man who was genuinely helpful and generous to share his huge depth of knowledge. RIP John
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 20:34
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Although I have never met Mr Farley but I have interacted a little with him here on PPRuNe...A sad day for PPRuNe, when I first saw this in Tech Log my heart sank...a true legend

Rest in peace Mr. Farley
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 21:56
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A great loss to the art & science of aviation.
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 23:29
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There are few people on here that hold my attention quite as much as the posts from JF, simply put amazing! I can only imagine that he was just as much a gent in real life.

RIP...
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 02:15
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How many people on this forum post using
their real name ?


Very few, John Farley was one, I had a few questions regarding the Harrier some years ago and posted them here


JF not only answered but comprehensively addressed them with candor, a complete lack of pretension and some curiosity on his own behalf as to the subject


I noticed he did this with all conversations, despite his level of technical competence and experience he always replied in a manner that showed his continuing fascination and enthusiasm of aviation and imparted a shared enjoyment of this profession were all so fortunate to be a part of
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 03:09
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RIP John - will miss your fascinating inputs to this site greatly
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 07:42
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I just want to add my little bit to the growing list of those who have memories of such an erudite, unassuming, knowledgeable and thoroughly likable man. I first met John at Kingston when I was supporting the Harrier in industry. For a person of his reputation and standing I just could not get over his incredible modesty and genuine interest in what I was doing. Later on we PM'd on this part of PPRuNe on many occasions .One memorable message came when I was wrapped up in the long running Wright brothers thread here and was arguing that three axis control was not essential to controlled flight. John privately remarked that he had flown a demo with the Harrier to the USMC without using aileron throughout . "Not difficult ,once you got the hang of it ".
That was John.
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 14:36
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I met John many times and can add little to the tributes already given by other posters. Quite simply one of the finest aviators ever to have lived and a modest, genuine, and inspiring human being. He will be sorely missed both on PPRuNe and in the real world.

He always knew of great places to have lunch in West Sussex too !!




Sincere condolences to his family and friends.
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 14:48
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His in depth, yet entirely understandable explanations of the most technical matters were a masterclass.

Blue skies sir
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 15:28
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A great pilot who lived the way he wanted to, was liked and/or revered by his peers and died peacefully in his sleep (apparently).

Not sure 'existence' gets much better than that.

RIP John and thank you.
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 16:10
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I met him in a pub once, a long time ago, and talked about things aviation.

He said that 'they' were after putting a computerised throttle system in the Harrier and 'they' asked him his opinion.

He said that he told them to let the thing be responsible for the operation of the executive lift for a couple of months. If 'they' were prepared to countenance that, then he was prepared to give it a go in the jet!

A real good bloke.
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 16:33
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Read numerous of his articles.
Very sad to hear this, RIP John.

Someone should send these posts to his family. There are few people in this world these days so well spoken of. Irreplaceable!!
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 17:01
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Originally Posted by Haraka View Post
I just want to add my little bit to the growing list of those who have memories of such an erudite, unassuming, knowledgeable and thoroughly likable man. I first met John at Kingston when I was supporting the Harrier in industry. For a person of his reputation and standing I just could not get over his incredible modesty and genuine interest in what I was doing. Later on we PM'd on this part of PPRuNe on many occasions .One memorable message came when I was wrapped up in the long running Wright brothers thread here and was arguing that three axis control was not essential to controlled flight. John privately remarked that he had flown a demo with the Harrier to the USMC without using aileron throughout . "Not difficult ,once you got the hang of it ".
That was John.
Talking of USMC Harriers, little story one of the TPs at Boscombe Down told me.
USMC had a 'rogue' Harrier on an aircraft carrier; every time they did a VTO, it would start an uncommanded roll to the right and they would hurriedly have to put it down again.
Having bent several right wing outriggers, they flew John out to the carrier to see if he could figure it out.
He did a VTO not gaining much height, put it down and shut down. After climbing out, he suggested it might be an idea to put some fuel in the left wing as only having it in the right wing tended to upset the trim!!
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 17:06
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Whilst I was at Uni I met John in London at the RAeS after a rather entertaining lecture on the Harrier. I told him of my desire to be a pilot in the RAF & it was suggested that I fly into Dunsfold to visit the Sea Harrier development. Fast forward a few months when, after attending OASC, I was offered GD(N). A letter to John & all was fixed. After I gained my pilot wings a congratulations card arrived as, unbeknownst to me, hed been following my progress throughout my training. A remarkable man, I will never forget what you did for me.
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 19:08
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Some wonderful memories here. Good idea to send a copy of all these posts to the family of the late gentleman. His qualities were of a rare order. By the way he lived, and thought, and conducted himself, he was high in the esteem of others and a peerless example to younger men and women aspiring to forge a career in aerospace. He had the 'Sky Fever' alright. I think the cut of his jib put him clearly in the same class as Sir Geoffrey de Havilland and Harald Penrose
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 20:19
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I was a young student who went on the Cranfield schools aviation camp which he was a tutor on.

I used to phone him (on a payphone!) to discuss aircraft designs and corresponded about a new basic trainer. Aged 16 it was very basic.

Fast forward 16 years or so and I have learnt to fly, gone through commercial, CFI certs and teach for Embry Riddle.

Boscombe Down express interest in me and while I didn't get offered to interview, he responded to my queries on email as I was putting slides together.

One day I might get the chance to present them. His book a view from the hover is a great read too. RIP John. Will look out for an obituary.

Alex.
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