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RIP George Blackie

Old 30th Mar 2010, 09:16
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Straying from the thread a little, remember being JD's crewman on task in Sennelager. During a lull he decided to go and check out a pond for fishing. However, he walked across a live firing range and the RSM gave ME a grilling as I stood by trusty Puma in JD's absence. Only wanted a trout but he nearly collected a Wombat!
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Old 7th Apr 2013, 17:14
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One of the nicest compliments I have ever been paid; George said to a former UAS boss at happy hour after George found I had been chopped, 'with all due respect sir, you're a ****'. A very old girlfriend who he showed around 60 at Benson for me some 20 plus years ago still remembers George vividly with a chuckle, a great loss as with all greats! And utterly irreplaceable !!
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Old 10th Apr 2013, 08:57
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I think he was at Aldergrove during my TP tour of the plank MU at the western end of the airfield. Stores had run out of flying boots and my wife brought him a pair when she came for the weekend.

If I am right he broke into my room, took the boots from her suitcase and spent the evening commenting about her lacey knickers.

She is normally a peaceable sort of wench but he came close to being sorted that weekend.
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Old 10th Apr 2013, 15:07
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Only just noticed this thread - George was a shining star and even though he was the instigator of my painful 'initiation' to the Gutersloh Happy Hour junta which consisted of being attached to a ball and chain and flung through the bar window into the rose bed outside....I note his passing with great sadness.

In George's day Gutersloh was undoubtedly the RAF's epitome of the 'work hard, play hard' ethic - and without doubt he was integral to both of those principles!

May the Gods of Warsteiner keep a watching eye over you George.....
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Old 15th Dec 2020, 01:21
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Wow, very, very late to the thread and not really sure how I got here!
Anyway, mid 80's I was a Navy pilot on exchange with 72 sqn, Aldergrove, George and I joined the squadron on the same day, much of which was spent with him looking me up and down with distain.
We kept our distance, but that first evening I found myself in the bar sat next to George, "double bacardi and coke please" I asked. "huge" came from G.B., "pardon" I said "it's a huge one if its a double you Navy ****" he said. "do you want one you Crab git?" I asked, not expecting to survive the next few seconds! We spent the rest of the evening coming up with names and drinking various measures of bacardi and coke. Starting with huge we went through magnum, gargantuan and ultimate (which essentially was a pint glass of bacardi with coke added as a colouring agent). While we're on the subject of alcohol (a subject dear to his heart), earlier in the thread was a comment of George and the foetus drink (baileys and port). I have to take responsibility for that, sorry for anyone who had to endure that initiation!
He was certainly a force to be reckoned with, he didn't suffer fools but I found if you stood your ground with him (and Scott Weir for that matter, a whole other story) then he was as true and loyal a colleague as you could wish to ask for.
The nicest comment I ever received from anyone in my forces days was from George. "Oi Navy" he shouted as he was remonstrating with some poor FO after a sortie, "Come here and show this lad your hands", "Er ok, I said", "See these?" he said "these hands are the most skilled on the squadron, he might wear the wrong uniform but when you fly with him, watch and learn"
RIP George, have a Huge one on me, or maybe even an Ultimate!!
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Old 17th Dec 2020, 10:57
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Originally Posted by lsh View Post
I have just been having an email exchange with someone over the virtues, or not, of posting news of George's demise (he tended to produce only one extreme or the other of opinion about him); seems we are posting then!
For me, all that is written above is true, he stirs many emotions.
I was dead scared of him at first, we had a major falling-out, we got on well after that over many years.
He certainly could be an utter embarrasment and a right-royal pain in the arse!!
If he had a downer on you - you were down!
Once he decided you were "in", that was it, nothing was too much trouble.
He was, in my view, a talented pilot and instructor and I would have been first in the queue to fly with him anytime, anyplace, anywhere, if anyone could bring me home, he would.
I believe that overall the SH force was the better for his existence and the best description I can think of is "a character" in the true, compliment, sense.
Ultimately we are describing him as we found him and as he saw us
- "black or white", no half measures.
Thanks for some memorable times George, fly safe!
Totaly agree, as a newbie crewman he was a imposing figure who left you in no doubt as to what he thought of you. It was with some trepidation that I was nominated to be his display crewman (thanks Alex!) but I discovered another side to this man. From that moment my opinions of him greatly changed, I found him to be generous and hugely supportive to me and my family and genuinely fun to be with. Definitely a marmite man to many but he was without doubt an exceptional pilot who became a firm friend. Clear above and behind George.

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Old 17th Dec 2020, 17:41
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Still sadly missed by many!
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Old 17th Dec 2020, 20:15
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A blunty officer's perspective on first tour at Gut: George, along with Chips C and George Cowie RE, were to be feared and respected in equal measure, but at least they talked to you. I'm sure 'Blackie' called everyone 'Wee Shag', but it always felt personal, and well deserved. Always a character, well before the end of my first encounter with him, I realised he was to be trusted, always 'had your back', and you could go talk to him. Stood out as a Leader, 'Primus Inter Pares'.
Move forward 2 years, I'm perhaps not quite such a snotty little so and so. My first week in Belize, George is one of the 'few' mentioned in a previous post who had transgressed, or rather, they had incurred the wrath of the self-appointed camp commander, the even-blunter-than-me RLC half-whit (who I failed to salute until I could see his three pips were actually one crown and 2 pips, but that's his problem, he came across as a late entry type...). George and the other guys were banned from the bar, so to avoid embarrassment had laid bodge/jungle tape to mark the dividing line between the bar and the pokey little ante room that had the tv/video. George was positively regal sat in an armchair the dry side of the divide, so I was honoured when he asked me to get a drink: 'Eh, Shag, get us a Coke, pal.' Miss him still, a rare character
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Old 18th Dec 2020, 16:47
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MT and GB !975 Aldergrove anybody? (Vortex ring? )
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