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condolence thread for Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging (Red Arrows)

Old 21st Aug 2011, 01:59
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Rest in peace Red 4 your duty is done now. Your country is proud of you.

From an ex Flight Line Mechanic
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 02:22
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Very very sad- watched the show and spent 2 hours waiting for news... RIP Eggman
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 02:39
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Very sad, condolences to his wife, family and team mates. I remember a horrific Burns night after Clachy's death, let's hope Jon is sent off with the same feeling. Lots of "too early to speculate" in the thread but the video evidence suggests G-loc or a restriction, I know where I would put my money.

When my back seater was killed, I read this to the guys in the bar at Coningsby, it helped us:

"Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet/fly again!"

For Jon and Jesse
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 02:49
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We kept hoping to hear good news after the initial report of an aircraft down. Tragically this was not to be.

My thoughts are with the pilot's wife, family, friends and everyone involved with the Red Arrows team.

Great memories of the fabulous displays the team did at East Fortune, and at the Flying Circus at Machrahanish in 2000. Best airshow performances I've ever seen.
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 04:43
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Farewell Eggman, you were an great friend and patient mentor to a mediocre retread when I came through Valley, you were a staunch colleague when we nearly ejected over the Irish Sea one night, then politely declined the DA's offer to take another jet up. You were a brilliant mate to have beers with at the Sandy on random February Wednesdays, and you were an amazingly gifted pilot. But most of all you were and will remain one of the nicest blokes it's been my privilege to meet.

Stuck on Salisbury plain this early morning after flying all night and reminiscing. The sunset was blood red, and truly, at the going down of the sun, we will remember you.

All of my thoughts and condolences to Emma, Jon's family and friends and to the Team, at this horrendous time.

Aviation is diminished.

Al Kinsella.
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 06:46
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Thank you Jon for being part of the greatest aerobatic team in the world and stunning the crowds with such skilled flying. Thank you also for your services on the front line. Condolences to your wife Emma and all your family, our thoughts are with them.
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 08:09
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A Sad Day

At this sad time we all have flashbacks of Red Arrows relevance... here are some personal memories...

(1) Following upon some minor misdeamour at No 1 ITS South Cerney, a balbo of No 1 Sqn miscreants was struggling as punishment round the Peri Track in gym gear....

discip Sarn’t Fletcher following upon his bicycle to prevent any swifty short cuts. Your correspondent was in the middle of this gaggle, the usual low level moaning, cursing, whingeing was in full flow.....

Suddenly a roar became audible... louder and louder.... lo and behold.... at about 1000 ft a 9 ship RA Gnat formation came straight towards us level and over they went, then executing a beautiful 30 degree 180 degree turn to return from whence they came – just up the road at Little Rissington – where they had not long been established.

The punishment run was completed in Olympic style, heads up, the participants on a real high.

This is what the Red Arrows do.

(2) January 1971 – sitting in a V-Force Sqn crew room of a morning.... those not on the flying roster indulging in the usual coffee drinking, noisy banter, jokery, the standard Bridge school calling for a bit more quiet and decorum please....

From the wireless in the corner at 11AM comes BBC news of a Red Arrows ‘head-on’. Instant silence from all for a very, very lengthy period of time.... then all just dispersed, off on their own to do whatever... some to the Mess, some drivers to the Sim, myself to the Ops Room to start flight planning for an Offut Ranger. Each with their own private thoughts.

This is what the Red Arrows do.

(3) I was resident in Mosman Sydney in 1996 and organised a harbour side back garden barbecue for a display by the Red Arrows. The display area was akin to a magnificent amphitheatre... Harbour Bridge to the West, Elizabeth Bay/Watsons Bay to the South, Mosman, Cremorne, Neutral Bay to the North....

Even by their own incredible standards, the Red Arrows truly excelled themselves on this occasion. It was estimated that, on a conservative basis, 650,000 spectators lined Sydney Harbour foreshores. Some of my guests, who had never seen a RA display ‘live’, were astounded by the spectacle.

This is what the Red Arrows do.

Requiescat in Pace, Flt Lt Egging. Your spirit flies on when the Red arrows return.
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 09:09
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Being called early to greater things in higher places, we can take comfort that you will excel there too.
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 09:15
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Deepest respects

With deepest respects & condolences, very very sad loss.
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 09:36
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RIP Eggman

I was on the shortlist with Eggman last year (needless to say he enjoyed a little more success than I did!).
It was obvious to me from the start of the week that of the three slots available, there would be only two left for the rest of us.
Eggman was an absolute natural and I couldn't think of a guy better suited to flying the flag for the RAF.
We were in the same group for our practice media interviews. When we watched them back afterwards I looked like a total plonker and I cringed at my every word. Eggman on the other hand owned the camera. He looked like he'd been doing it all his life.
He was a truly top bloke who you couldn't fail to like. We have all lost one of lifes great guys and he'll be sorely missed.
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 09:41
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RIP Eggman

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Old 21st Aug 2011, 09:42
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From the parents of a civilian professional pilot - we have always been in awe of the Reds and their expertise, professionalism and courage. Condolences are not enough, but they are all that we, the public whom you have served so well, can offer. RIP Fl. Lt Jon Egging.
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 09:50
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I did not know Jon, but I have had dealings with the reds and have been a lifelong supporter of what they do and what they represent.

We held an aviation day at a primary school and the Reds supplied a box of stuff to show and give out. The film that they made and we showed captivated everyone. The team has become an institution that screams 'Best of British' and, whilst I assume to do what they do they have to be confident and have a greater level of self belief, they engage with public in a way that puts most celebrities to shame. They always come across as approachable guys who love what they do and the comments here have confirmed my view.

It is incredibly sad that this has happened but if latest reports are true, then he died ensuring that the aircraft was clear of houses and avoiding ground casualties.That says it all. In a month when we have seen the worst of Britain we have been shown some of the best.

As I write, the words of Emma have just been broadcast. Deeply moved.

I hope that the cancellation of public displays is short lived and that his family are given all the support they deserve for their loss. My thoughts are with them.

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Old 21st Aug 2011, 09:56
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Thoughts to family, friends and collegues

As a fellow professional aviator, I would like to add my condolences to Red 4 Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging. It is always a sad day to loose any fellow pilot, military or civillian, experienced or not, and yesterday was no exception.

The red arrows inspired me to learn to fly when i was a little boy and I always dreamed of being one of them. Unfortunatley, like so many, it was not to be, but I continued and now fly helicopters over the North Sea.

It is the display pilots/teams like the red arrows that keep inspiring the next generation of aviators - you all do a great job!!!!

To the red arrows team members past and present (if any of you are reading this) - Thank you for inspiring me. Some of us know your pain and have lost collegues due to aviation accidents - please remember you are not alone!!!

Flt Lt Jon Egging - you have my respect and you will never be forgotten!!!! RIP
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 09:58
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My condolences to his wife, the REDS, the BLUES and all that knew him. It seems that he had done his best to avoid the houses in the area and left himself for last. Looked to protect others first, his example for us to follow in all facets of our life.

The REDS were the reason I got my wings and got to aerobatics. The first air display I ever watched, it was seen the REDS paint the sky white, blue and red over Tatoi airport in Greece sometime in 1984.

Thank you REDS for what you are giving us. Thank you RED 4 for the example you set for us.

I hope the Military AAIB will provide the answers that will prevent another fatality in the future.

My condolences to all that he touched with his life.
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 10:47
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My Heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family of Flt Lt Egging. Also to the members, Reds and Blues, of the Red Arrows and anyone in this forum who knew him.

May He Rest In Peace.
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 10:50
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There is a condolences book in Bournemouth town hall for a few days
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 11:20
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A very sad day indeed! RIP to a very talented pilot. Thoughts and condolences to family and friends...
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 12:00
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requiescat in pace

May he rest in peace.

Condolences to all who grieve for him.


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Old 21st Aug 2011, 13:02
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So very sad to hear of this terrible news. My condolences go to his family, friends and team colleagues.
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