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Mike Harland RIP

Old 14th Nov 2007, 18:30
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Mike Harland RIP

Very Sad. Terrible. RIP. Thoughts and condolences to all concerned.

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Old 14th Nov 2007, 19:28
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Dreadfully sad news. Deepest sympathies and thoughts with family and friends. RIP
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 19:33
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The Navigator. I wished him and the pilot a safe flight as they signed out the Jet today.

We are all devestated by the news.

RIP Mate.
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 19:40
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A truly awful incident..... Thoughts obviously with the family at such a tragic loss. My thoughts are also with the front seater... a horrendous situation to find himself in... a very traumatising event.

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Old 14th Nov 2007, 19:44
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Thoughts and condolences with you and your colleagues. Tough times ahead
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 19:49
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My condolences to the families and friends of those concerned.
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 20:32
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A very sad day.
My thoughts are with his friends and family.
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 20:49
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Terrible, terrible news. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

I hope there's a place, way up in the sky
Where pilots can go when they have to die.
A place where a guy could buy a cold beer
For a friend and a comrade whose memory is dear.
A place where no doctor or lawyer could tread,
Nor a management-type would e'ler be caught dead!
Just a quaint little place, kind of dark, full of smoke,
Where they like to sing loud, and love a good joke.
The kind of a place that a lady could go
And feel safe and secure by the men she would know.

There must be a place where old pilots go,
When their wings become heavy, when their airspeed gets low,
Where the whiskey is old, and the women are young,
And songs about flying and dying are sung.
Where you'd see all the fellows who'd 'flown west' before,
And they'd call out your name, as you came through the door,
Who would buy you a drink, if your thirst should be bad,
And relate to the others, "He was quite a good lad!"

And there, through the mist, you'd spot an old guy
You had not seen in years, though he'd taught you to fly.
He'd nod his old head, and grin ear to ear
And say, "Welcome, my Son, I'm proud that you're here!

For this is the place where true flyers come
When the battles are over, and the wars have been won.
They've come here at last, to be safe and alone,
From the government clerk, and the management clone;
Politicians and lawyers, the Feds, and the noise,
Where all hours are happy, and these good ol' boys
Can relax with a cool one, and a well deserved rest!
This is Heaven, my Son. You've passed your last test!"
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 21:09
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Gutted. Top bloke, doing his job and enjoying his flying. The GR4 force is truly in mourning and it reminds us of the fragility of FJ flying.

My condolences to his family, his cheery face will be missed.
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 21:21
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Thoughts are with family and friends.

A truly awful afternoon at Marham.

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Old 14th Nov 2007, 21:49
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Whoever was in the back seat, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends, RIP.

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Old 14th Nov 2007, 21:57
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So sad, and it seems to have happened so close to where we lost the pilot of a Tornado in what was it, 1983? In the late 1990s I saw a magnificent memorial and young oak tree growing on the Sandringham Estate in memory of that individual, victim of what I think was our first in-service Tornado loss.
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 12:32
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All my thoughts to family, friends, colleagues and the pilot.

Rest In Peace.
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 15:24
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Sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with all during these difficult times.

Old 15th Nov 2007, 16:31
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All our thoughts, prayers and heart felt sympathy to all involved. Marham is in mourning but collectively pulling together.
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 16:41
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Mike Harland RIP

RAF Marham Tornado Incident:

Statement at 16:30hrs15 Nov 2007 |
Ref. Statement as at 16:30hrs

BAE Systems can today, 15 November 2007, confirm the identity of the navigator, Mike Harland, who died in an incident during a test flight of a Tornado aircraft from RAF Marham yesterday.

Confirming that the next of kin have been informed, Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director for the Military Air Solutions business within BAE Systems said: “It is with great regret and sadness that I can confirm that Mike died in an incident during a test flight of a Tornado aircraft from RAF Marham yesterday.

“Mike worked for BAE Systems for 4 years and was a well-known and much respected member of the team. He will be deeply missed by all of his colleagues and our thoughts are with his family and friends.
“It would be wrong to speculate on the circumstances surrounding the incident at this time and it would be inappropriate of us to do so at present as there will be a MoD Board of Inquiry. We will give our full support to this Inquiry and we will do everything we can to support Mike’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

Speculation free thread please Ladies & Gents
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 17:11
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RIP Mike - a good operator, a good officer, a good man.
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 17:32
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I spent most of the day on Tuesday at Marham with Mike and the Tornado pilot.

My thoughts and condolences go to his family, friends and colleagues.

A very very sad day indeed.
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 18:30
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I hope Mike's family, friends and colleagues won't mind a techy posting about him.

I worked as one of Mike's groundcrew on his last squadron before he left the RAF. I found him to be a genuine, approachable and good-natured guy who was always a pleasure to see off and see in. He always had a word for the young lineys and old sweats alike, and was much liked and highly repected. I bumped into him a while back and he actually remembered me, which meant a good deal, although it would be more to do with his memory than my achievements! A tragic loss for all who knew him.

Per Ardua Ad Astra Wolfie. I'll always remember that trail, Sep 2002.

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Old 15th Nov 2007, 19:06
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Now there was a man who could show the younger lads how to drink! We will all miss you Wolfie - thoughts from the old IX(B) JUNTA.
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