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condolence thread for Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging (Red Arrows)

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condolence thread for Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging (Red Arrows)

Old 20th Aug 2011, 21:14
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Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
Where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

PO John Gillespie Magee RCAF
1922 - 1941

RIP Jon.
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 21:18
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Tankertrashnav, being in the same position as you, merely pottering about in a cessna at weekends, I echo your thoughts. I have always admired the skill and professionalism of the team and our military as a whole.

RIP Red 4

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Old 20th Aug 2011, 21:23
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RIP Red Four
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 21:30
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Devastating news, sincere condolences to his family and the Reds. A very sad day indeed.
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 21:35
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Let's salute not just the fallen but a truly magnanimous widow

Let's salute not just the fallen but a truly magnanimous widow to pay such a wonderful tribute to her husband at a moment of such intense grief for her.


Dr Emma Egging, the wife of Flt Lt Jon Egging said:

"Jon was everything to those that knew him, and he was the best friend and husband I could ever have wished for. I know that he would have wanted me to say something from the heart at this time. There was nothing bad about Jon. He loved his job and was an exemplary pilot. Watching him today, I was the proudest I've ever been. I loved everything about him, and he will be missed."

Truly gracious words.
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 21:52
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Red Four, such a spectacular and talented pilot.
May you rest in peace Jon, you deserve it; our thoughts go to Emma, family and friends.

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Old 20th Aug 2011, 21:58
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Recently retired from the RAF after 38 years air trafficking, I have been fortunate to see the Red Arrows from close quarters on many an occasion and have never failed to be filled with awe and admiration for all of them. This is indeed a sad day and my condolences go to Jon's family and all members of the Team. RIP.
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 22:06
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As a boy from Biggin Hill, I have always been thrilled by the Red Arrows. Tonight I shed a tear, raise my glass and say thank you Red 4.
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 22:09
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So so sad, RIP Sir.
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 22:14
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Rest in peace
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 22:27
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My type of flying is nowhere near those of the Arrows but aviation is a family and we feel the pain of family, colleagues and all those that knew Jon.

You gave so much joy to many and make me proud to be British.
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 22:35
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Thoughts with family!

My thoughts and prayers are with Jon's family and members of Red Arrows team at this very sad time! RIP Jon.
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 22:37
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RIP Eggman.
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 22:41
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This has not been a good year for anyone, not least the 'Reds'. Now the worst possible news. From the first moment to the dreadful confirmation, I was hoping for a Martin-Baker exit, but this time it was not to be.

Thank you Flt.Lt Eggings for helping to make me proud of at least one thing that is uniquely British. You will be remembered.

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Old 20th Aug 2011, 22:44
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I took my eldest grandson to the Bournemouth Airshow on his own today for him to see the Red Arrows for the very first time. He was so excited!
It was one of the best of the many displays I have seen them put on over the years, in front of a vast and highly appreciative crowd filling the beach and cliff tops from Bournemouth to Boscombe.
Such a great show in the air; such a cruel accident on landing.
Sincere condolences to family and friends.
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 22:44
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Gutted to hear the news. Deepest sympathies to Jon's family and The Team.

It was a pleasure to have known you fella. RIP
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 22:53
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RIP Red Four
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 23:13
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A sad day for military aviation...RIP Red 4.

"The cockpit was my office. It was a place where I experienced many emotions and learned many lessons. It was a place of work, but also a keeper of dreams. It was a place of deadly serious encounters, yet there I discovered much about life. I learned about joy and sorrow, pride and humility, fear and overcoming fear. I saw much from that office that most people would never see. At times it terrified me, yet I could always feel at home there. It was my place, at that time in space, and the jet was mine for those moments. Though it was a place where I could quickly die, the cockpit was a place where I truly lived."

Brian Shul, 'Sled Driver'
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 23:29
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RIP Young Fella, our thoughts are with your friends and family tonight, God Bless
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 01:23
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A sad day for aviation, RIP.
My condolences to all concerned, may his memory be a blessing.
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