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Al Mathie - RIP

Old 30th Jan 2012, 19:51
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Al Mathie - RIP

Found this elsewhere on the web:

The following has been issued by the LAA, with his wife's permission.

It is with regret that I must inform you that Al Mathie, an LAA coach, was killed over the weekend. The full circumstance of the accident are being investigated by the AAIB. The accident occured when exiting a Piper L4 Cub with the intent of sending his student solo. I will issue more detail on the accident and guidance in due course.

So sad.
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Old 30th Jan 2012, 21:12
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Was e-mailed about this earlier. Sad news. Great bloke Al.
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Old 30th Jan 2012, 21:33
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If that is the Al Mathie I remember from Cranwell in the 60s he was nice guy. RIP
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Old 30th Jan 2012, 22:42
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I think that would be him. Al served in Aden flying Hunters when I was a schoolboy there in 1965-67. All these years later and we found ourselves in the same Strut (LAA). I believe he also flew the Jaguar and did an exchange posting with the French on F100 Super Sabres.

You couldn't meet a kinder man, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 07:09
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Indeed, an absolute tragedy and a huge loss to the GA world.

I first met Al several years ago when I was looking for an aircraft to buy and of course Al exploited his vast wealth of knowledge about Austers and convinced me this was the way to go (so much so that I now have 3 of them - thanks Al!!)

Nothing was too much trouble for him and he was a hugely generous man always keen to go flying with you and impart his immense level of experience just to make you a better aviator.

Al was just a bloody nice guy and the world is a much sadder and far less rich place without him.

Rest in peace Al, God Bless

Terry and the boys
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 09:05
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How tragic. Al was a really genuine nice guy. We served together on 4 Sqn, at Gutersloh, where his wry humour and fresh outlook on life endeared all who knew him. I remember the day when he introduced Kanga ( a very large Irish Wolfhound) to the squadron - the bosses face was a picture.
R.I.P. Al
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 09:30
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This is tragic news indeed. I had the privilege of knowing Al when he was OC OPs at Colt, and I was a newly arrived JP. Al always had time to pass on lessons from his vast flying experience, was the voice of common sense, and a damn nice bloke.

A true gentleman- the world is a poorer place without him, RIP
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 09:44
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I served with Al on Hunters in Aden, and elsewhere. I too remember the hound; and I have an enduring memory of a genuinely kind, humorous and warm-hearted man. RIP Al.
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 09:54
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One of life's real gentlemen. Will be well remembered by all. RIP Mate

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Old 31st Jan 2012, 10:55
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You could not have met a nicer and most humble man. He will be missed by many people.

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Old 31st Jan 2012, 11:12
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What terrible news. A real gent and a pleasure to have known both professionally and socially. RIP Al, I'll raise a glass tonight.
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 15:29
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A very sad loss.

Has been an amazing Auster flying mate and mentor for the last 30+ years.

Will miss him,his generosity,his humour,his knowledge and his zest for flying.

Blue skies Al.
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 16:17
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Al Mathie

I met and learned what a great bloke Al was when he was on a ground tour at Upavon. He let me fly both his Auster and his Andeason Ba4 several times and would not take any money for the privilege. I never asked him he just came up and said come on Jon go fly the Auster/Andreason.

What a loss to the flying community.

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Old 31st Jan 2012, 16:34
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A great guy, a true aviator, and a very very sad loss.

My thoughts are with his family. RIP Al

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Old 31st Jan 2012, 16:43
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What sad news when he was OC Ops at Colt in 1989 took me flying in a Jaguar as a leaving present, such a top gentleman and took time out for all ranks. My thoughts with his family and friends.

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Old 31st Jan 2012, 20:31
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What a tragedy! A real gent, and good squadron mate from the AFME days and later at GŁtersloh. A very sad loss to the aviation community.
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Old 1st Feb 2012, 15:12
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I echo the above sentiments.

Not only an excellent pilot, but great fun socially.

Does anyone remember the incident of the 8 Sqn Landrover and the Hercules crew? Muharraq '68 if memory serves me right. "Wheels on fire etc".
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Old 1st Feb 2012, 16:52
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A great pal over many years

Mat nearly bit his tongue off and the Herc guy was Graham Harradine(sp?) I think.

Guinness v various bitters, huge dogs, cloth bombers

Best FR man ever

Bye Mat am having a few

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Old 1st Feb 2012, 17:47
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A sad loss indeed - I first met him at Cranwell when he was my 'guide' when I visited as a prospective recruit, and our paths crossed at various times after that. I particularly remember my one and only Jag flight - from Coltishall to Valley so I could pick up a Wessex to take back - low level all the way until we got to Valley, when the 300ft cloudbase meant he actually had to fly it in. Having refuelled he departed to go back leaving me for a single pilot transit back in somewhat deteriorating conditions. However he lost his canopy on rotation, and after a quick low level circuit and landing I took him back to Colt in the Wessex - 35 mins one way, 2:30 back (and he missed happy hour!). Equally fun were the Auster flights at Colt - at one time landing across the runway thanks to the wind.

May I echo my condolences to his family and friends.
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Old 2nd Feb 2012, 17:18
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In the Long Bar of heaven, they had better top up the Adnams order. All the Best Mat, you were an inspiration to many and will be missed.
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