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Glasgow Crash - RIP Ex RAF Chap

Old 1st Dec 2013, 18:34
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I'm absolutely shocked, I knew Swampy when I was a JENGO on 18(B) Sqn. I sat in the jump seat on a number of flights with Swampy - from this Engineer's pov a great pair of hands and a great bloke. RIP mate.
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Old 1st Dec 2013, 19:10
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Swampy was a fine RAF aviator and he will be sorely missed. I flew with him out in Bosnia on one of his 'acquaint flights' (CTF!!) and in the UK and watched what was his awesome chinook display - he really was at one with any aircraft. A very sad loss.
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Old 1st Dec 2013, 19:15
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We have rules. Sorry, but you will have to accept them.

The thread was put in the right place. This one must stay on topic and for condolences and memories only.

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Old 1st Dec 2013, 19:22
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Went through IOT with Dave. Ended up on 103R with him, a small bunch who had a great team spirit. Dave was awarded best student for the 'R' Sqn guys which was extremely well deserved.

Never got to meet up through the next 20+ years but it is obvious that the young man grew into a formidable pilot.

RIP Dave, you'll be missed and sincere condolences to your family and friends.
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Old 1st Dec 2013, 19:41
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Sad that so often the good go too soon. I beefed at and with Dave in different incarnations at Shawbury. He was a consumate aviator and a great colleague; so sorry to hear of his tragic passing.
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Old 1st Dec 2013, 20:22
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Dave mate.......

Oh dear oh dear what a lovely bloke Dave was. I did a fair bit of flying with him in his formative days and never was there a better bloke to fly with; he listened to the crewmen, backed up the crewmen and even if everything turned to rats he still remained the charming, quiet, affable 'all round good egg'. I'll miss you lots old mate there's not many of your sort to the pound more's the pity.
My heartfelt condolences go out to Dave's family. I lost my wonderful son 12 years ago so I know how you must be feeling. Life can be a bitch! RIP Dave mate.
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Old 1st Dec 2013, 20:33
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Deo Speramus my dear chap. Your legacy will endure in future generations, you will be missed and forever remembered.

Your friend, now and always

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Old 1st Dec 2013, 21:09
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Was on Linton course with Dave in 1988/89. Caught up with him 5 years ago for a beer or three! One of life's steady and reliable guys, and an awesome pilot.

We recounted the story when he burnt his lips badly on a "Flaming Drambuie" during Happy Hour!! Great memories of a great guy. Dave, you will be sadly missed. RIP buddy.
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Old 1st Dec 2013, 21:30
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Remember Dave from IOT and BFT and a few meeting around the usual bazaars, a top bloke with a great sense of humour and always up for a beer.

Condolences and thoughts to friends and family. A sad day.

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Old 1st Dec 2013, 22:35
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First met Dave when I arrived at Shawbury in 89; kept bumping into each other ever since and always had a laugh. Never flew with him, but just loved the story he told me when he was asked at short notice to go LHS of a Chinook on an air test with the Odiham UTP BB.

To cut a long story short, whilst in the hover Dave decided to operate the landing light. Unfortunately his thumb found the engine rpm beep switches. By all accounts BB was not amused! Priceless!!!

Dave, never flew with you, but I just loved your sense of humour; you're going to be missed Buddy!
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Old 1st Dec 2013, 22:42
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RIP Swampy - a great pilot and colleague.
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Old 2nd Dec 2013, 09:34
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A friend of his posted this on another forum I use - some incredible flying I never thought possible. RIP.

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Old 2nd Dec 2013, 17:15
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RIP my fellow Instructor and RAF brother.
One of the safest pair of hands I've had the absolute pleasure of being in a helicopter with.
It was an honour to have worked and shared a fair few drinks with you.
I cannot echo the thoughts of so many, a very sad loss of one of the greatest chaps you would have ever met.
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Old 2nd Dec 2013, 21:08
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Odiham offers its condolences.

Glasgow Crash Condolences

With our deepest sympathies.

Rich Maddison
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Old 3rd Dec 2013, 17:58
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Meanwhile the Daily Mail sinks to new depths.......

Is this Glasgow helicopter crash pilot demonstrating at RAF airshow? | Mail Online

Most of the comments below the article seem to agree that the implication in the headline is in rather poor taste.

Oh, and it's possible that, having been in the RAF, he might once have met Prince William (photo)
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Old 8th Dec 2013, 09:23
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I hope that I may be allowed to draw attention to:
Clutha: Funeral held for Glasgow helicopter pilot - The Scotsman

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Old 8th Dec 2013, 11:50
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BBC News - Glasgow helicopter crash: Funeral of pilot David Traill held
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Old 9th Dec 2013, 18:39
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You might have seen the news update but this wasn't mentioned on the news

Preliminary examination showed that all main rotor blades were attached at the time of the impact but that neither the main rotor nor the fenestron tail rotor were rotating.



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Old 14th Feb 2014, 15:17
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Interim report out, which just about says what happened

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Old 14th Feb 2014, 16:44
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Glasgow Crash - RIP Ex RAF Chap

"which just about says what happened"

Can you say where in the report it says that?
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