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Sqn Ldr Steve Bridger, RIP

Old 11th Jun 2016, 06:25
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Sqn Ldr Steve Bridger, RIP

Steve slipped the surly bonds of earth on 10th June after a brave battle against the big C. Les and their 3 children were at his side.

Steve had been in Oman for many years, flying a desk but staying current by flying his Harley. In the 90's he was a Tornado F2 then F3 mate at the OCU QWI at Coningsby, and Lancaster pilot with BBMF. Before then, 1200hrs Lightnings at Binbrook with 11 Sqn.

Details of memorial services will be announced in due course. If you have any pics of Brij, especially the pre-Oman days, please post them here or PM them to me. Many thanks.



Fly and ride safe Steve, your wit and WIWOL stories will be missed my friend.
Flutter, flutter

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Old 11th Jun 2016, 11:26
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That's odd - I mentioned Steve at home here only the other day, and he had probably not crossed my mind for several years. Remember him joining 11 at Binbrook in 81 or 82 when I was OC Accts then OC PSF. Life and soul of the party. Condolences to his family. Gone much to soon. Slipped the surly bonds of earth. RIP
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Old 11th Jun 2016, 14:22
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RIP Brij

Truly sad news. A fine fighter pilot and a truly nice bloke. He'll be sorely missed. RIP Old Chap and blue skies.
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Old 11th Jun 2016, 15:00
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RIP Bridge, a great Lightning mate from a great era on 11. Gone but never forgotten. Much sympathy to Lesley and family.
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Old 11th Jun 2016, 16:46
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So sad. A bloody great bloke and a terrible loss.
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Old 11th Jun 2016, 17:15
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Bugger. Top bloke. Top fighter pilot. Great loss and too soon.

RIP me old.
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Old 11th Jun 2016, 19:32
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Bridgeparts was a top bloke on 229 during my time there. IIRC, he carried out a brilliant landing with the nose gear stuck up on his Tonka. RIP.
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Old 11th Jun 2016, 19:41
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Sad News

Flew with Steve several times at Binbrook, a top man, survived an interesting flying career to succumb to cancer at an early age,very sad.
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Old 11th Jun 2016, 19:55
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Such a fantastic operator, and a great pleasure to fly and socialise with.
RIP Bigbits
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Old 11th Jun 2016, 20:41
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RIP Bigbitz. What sad news. This is the guy that landed a F3 wheels up as the gear was stuck - so skillfully that it rested on its Skyflash launchers and was flying within days. He also gave that idiot Evans a run for his money on the 'Big Breakfast' if I recall correctly in the early 90s. I think he was the last Lightning mate to still serve in the RAF.

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Old 11th Jun 2016, 23:23
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Dreadful news. A great mate, local expert for whom nothing was too much effort. My heart goes out to Lesley and the family. Another good one gone. Guy.
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Old 13th Jun 2016, 06:09
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RIP Mr.B, top fella. Remember lending some kit out for the BB appearance, during the interview Zig and Zag asked him if he got worried when being a passenger in a car and the driver pressed the eject button on their car stereo!
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Old 13th Jun 2016, 06:28
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Arrangements for Steve's Service in the UK are still TBC.

For those in Oman, there will be a memorial service at 3.30pm on Wednesday 15 June, at The Good Shepherd Chapel, Ghala Church.

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Old 16th Jun 2016, 14:15
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Dear friends of Steve,
it is hoped to have the send off during the afternoon of Friday 24th June in Lincolnshire.
However, confirmation on the date won't be until early next week.

Pencil it in, standby for further.
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Old 18th Jun 2016, 13:15
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Confirmed:

The Funeral to celebrate the life of Steve 'Bigbits' 'Brij' Bridger will be held at South Lincolnshire Crematorium (PE11 4AA) on Friday 24th June at 1500.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The wake will be held at Rippingale village Hall (PE10 0TH) from 1630; I suspect til late.
So we have an idea of numbers for the catering, RSVP: here; on Facebook; or WIWOLs to Porky.
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Old 28th May 2019, 00:03
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It’s coming up for 3 years since Bigbitz ‘banged out’ from this world into the next. However, I found this picture of his wheels up landing in the 90s that I thought others would want to see.

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Old 28th May 2019, 16:05
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It was 6 June 1990. I was flying next to him on the approach having provided the visual inspection (and imparting the good news that the gear hadn't shifted - emergency gear selector connected 180 degrees out, if I recall correctly).

After it skidded gracefully to a halt with the odd spark and flash from the underside, the canopy went up pretty smartly and they went over the side. That was definitely the fastest any of us had ever seen BigBits move!
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