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Group Captain Carol Vorderman

Old 24th Jun 2015, 23:08
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Amy Johnson lecture 9th July

She's on at the RAeS next month.


Royal Aeronautical Society | Event | Amy Johnson Lecture 2015


If folks want to meet up for a beer in town before the last train home lets see what we can arrange.
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Old 25th Jun 2015, 15:10
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This is a very accomplished and dedicated lady. Accomplished by not only having become a celebrity, but perhaps more pertinent to our purposes being a trained engineer and pilot. Dedicated because she is on a mission to encourage young people, especially girls, to aspire to such demanding pursuits themselves. The RAF badly needs such aspiration to take root and this appointment will hopefully assist in that.

Just think of what triggered your determination to pass all the tests, jump through all the paper hoops, deal with all the setbacks that stood in your way. Chances are that someone inspired you to be like them, emulate them, succeed like them. I see that her attempts to inspire are not limited to HM Forces but to the Aero Industry as well. Don't know about others, but she inspires me:-

Countdown on for high fliers of the future - Fleetwood Weekly News

BBC iPlayer - Carol Vorderman: Flying Engineer
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Old 25th Jun 2015, 15:13
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"New York, New York - so good they named it twice"

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Old 30th Jan 2017, 14:09
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She is 56 and she's very cleaver. She's done a lot of things in her life and most of that was a help to many people. Her service to the Air Training Corps is absolutely vital as the government have been sniping the budget almost every year and now, it seems, the poor cadets have nothing to fly!!
When I was an ATC cadet I had looped a Chippy at 14 years of age, flown many times in Gliders and had lots of fun turning up at RAF flying camps in ATC uniform in order to bum flights in many RAF aircraft of the day. Sadly the poor cadets can't do any of that these days due to the aforementioned government cuts and turning up anywhere in uniform is not advised due to the possibility of adverse action by a few minority groups that are almost supported by our Lilly livered governments today. Hopefully Carol Vorderman's well know tenacity and perseverance may shame the government into returning some of the money they have ripped off from the youngsters, no doubt to pay the flagging foreign aid budget!
Lastly, she looks terrific in her uniform and I can't think of any guy that I know would refuse an invitation to dinner and champers with her. That's why wives reach for their rolling pins when her name is mentioned!!
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Old 30th Jan 2017, 15:14
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Biggles

I agree, opportunities are not what they once were. But, for balance, there are still plenty of cadets who get to loop an aircraft - Tutor now - before they turn 14.
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Old 30th Jan 2017, 19:38
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Define plenty.

As an enthusiastic ATC cadet at school in Africa, then later in the UK where I was then sent gliding at Tangmere, I feel sorry for this extended grounding that the Air Cadets are going through now, and feel the CV was a very good choice as an ambassador.
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Old 30th Jan 2017, 23:06
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Brat

Plenty, as a measure, is subjective. It cannot be defined.

But my experience is that plenty of cadets still get to fly a loop before they turn 14.
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Old 31st Jan 2017, 07:15
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Loops

I did at 14 or less (?), but then I am 75 next birthday.

Son of a friend went powered solo at 16, seriously clever.
As far as I know his family paid for his training.
Has guaranteed entrance to a certain university irrespective
of A level results. Does not know whether to pursue aviation
or something else, ie academia.
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Old 22nd Jul 2017, 10:49
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You'll either be pleasantly surprised or shocked Mr Basil! The rule book says tattoos mustn't be visible when you're wearing full Number 1s, any other time is acceptable. So neck, wrists and face tend to be the only place people can't choose to have a tattoo. And yes, I've seen officers as well as NCOs in short sleeves with whole arms of tattoos (and PTIs with legs covered in them).
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Old 23rd Jul 2017, 10:37
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Inked from Dick to Head is OK then - very apt.
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Old 23rd Jul 2017, 14:54
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I have a far greater respect for (Hon) Gp Capt Vorderman than for another lady (Hon) Lt Cdr (RNR) of our aquaintance.

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Old 6th Aug 2017, 08:53
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She opened the new International Aviation Academy in Norwich yesterday, along with Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McAfferty. Her impact on the Cadets she meets should not be underestimated and on the few occasions that I met the Commandant before I left the Corps, I never ceased to be impreessed...
http://http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/c...wich-1-5136765
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Old 6th Aug 2017, 10:57
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Originally Posted by Auster Fan View Post
She opened the new International Aviation Academy in Norwich yesterday, along with Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McAfferty. Her impact on the Cadets she meets should not be underestimated and on the few occasions that I met the Commandant before I left the Corps, I never ceased to be impreessed...
http://http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/c...wich-1-5136765
Too many http:// in there.
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Old 6th Aug 2017, 11:23
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Try Carol Vorderman speaks of joy as International Aviation Academy opens in Norwich - Latest Norfolk and Suffolk News - Eastern Daily Press
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Old 6th Aug 2017, 11:46
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Anyone identify the Gp Cpt's medal ribbon?
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Old 6th Aug 2017, 11:48
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Carol Vorderman MBE RAFVR(T)
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Old 6th Aug 2017, 11:50
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Originally Posted by Treble one View Post
Anyone identify the Gp Cpt's medal ribbon?
The clue is on the plaque!!
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Old 6th Aug 2017, 16:41
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Apologies-was thinking military not civilian-thank you.
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Old 6th Aug 2017, 22:04
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Origunally posted by camelspyyder


Carol Vorderman MBE RAFVR(T)

Reminds me of when she was on the TV program "Countdown" just after receiving the MBE recounting that her daughter said it meant "Mumīs Bumīs Enormous". With that humour she fits well in the RAF IMHO.
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