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RIP John Farley....

Old 14th Jun 2018, 12:13
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Unhappy RIP John Farley....

...for those who had missed it over at
John Farley
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 12:38
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...for those who had missed it over at
John Farley
RIP John - your contribution to British (and Western) aviation simply cannot be overstated.
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 12:58
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Oh FFS. What bloody rotten news.

Thank you for your patient explanations about so many things John, from MiG-29 performance to STOVL controls and inceptors. I am immensely proud to have known you and to have counted you as a friend.

British aviation has lost a towering intellect, as well as one of its loveliest gentlemen.
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What a shame. I sent John this scan of page 87 from ‘The Royal Navy – 1000 Years of Peace and War’ three years ago and he was chuffed to bits.

My sincere condolences to his family, friends and former colleagues.
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RIP. He wrote the book on much of the earlier Harrier adventure, and his exploration of the very tricky low-speed-yaw mantraps was an epic of test flying.

From his own Youtube page, here's 4:30 of JF flying G-VTOL. I think the pilot's manual simply says IF YOU ARE NOT JOHN FARLEY DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS.

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It is actually G-VSTO but no matter, it is an amazing film of his incredible flying skills. I too am glad to have called him a friend and a colleague at City University London. Whenever he came to talk to the aeronautical engineering students you could hear a pin drop - he kept them spellbound - not an easy thing to do with 20-year olds!

A great loss.
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Last time he departed from Farnborough in GVTOL just before he retired, radar cleared him 'left turn on track Dunsfold climbing to 2,000ft'.
He asked if there was a bit of concrete to depart from and I realised what he intended to do but the other guys in the tower didn't so I kept quiet.
He lined up on the concrete runway end, right on the edge of the runway, then lifted off and got it seriously vertical before rolling to the left and pushing over to horizontal in the direction of Dunsfold

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A true gentleman and stick (and throttle, and nozzle lever) master. His posts and lectures were such a delight. Fair winds Sir.
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Sat and listened spellboud at an aviation society meeting listening to JF. A man who was a legend in his own lifetime by his shear skills and abilities as an aviator.

RiP Sir
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In this video he is seen not only flying at the 1982 Farnborough show, but talking with Lt Commander Neill Thomas, CO of a Royal Navy Squadron flying the Sea Harrier off Hermes in the Falklands war.

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An amazing fellow and a true gent who will be sorely missed. RIP Sir.
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So sorry to hear of John Farley’s passing. He and my father were RAE apprentices together in the 50’s and my father has told stories of the two of them messing about in one of the wind tunnels at night (power consumption was so great that it was only at night there was surplus capacity on the grid). A favourite number was to try to cross the test section at increasing wind speeds (they were supposed to be conducting serious experiments but of course there was no supervision at night). Their paths crossed regularly at the apprentice’s reunions but I don’t think they have had contact for many years. Dad always spoke very highly of him.

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John Farley + Harrier

About six years ago I posted some photos I'd taken at early Farnborough Air Shows, including some of Harriers. JF commented as follows:
Your G-VTOL smoke pic 2 was 1976 and the IN SHAR climb out pic 3 was 1982.
Here they are.

I commented
Were you driving the two aircraft in question?
and he replied
Yes I was. Those were the days.
RIP John
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From one of his first PPRuNe posts, to his last post, John contributed a lot here on PPRuNe. Over the course of his career he contributed a lot to aviation.

"Do a hover - it avoids G"

Happy Hovering, John, wherever you are hovering now.
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That is very sad news. I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to 'chat' on these boards.

Legend is an over used word. But not here.

RIP Mr Farley.
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As a civilian admirer of the Harrier since being a small boy, felt very privileged to have simply traded a PM with him and asked a question or two in a thread.
He always courteously replied.
A giant among test and military pilots, who wrote the book on the Harrier.
We all read of the automation in the F-35B - which he contributed to in the VAAC Harrier; that only highlights his innate ability not just to handfly the `analogue' early Harriers but perform extraordinary feats of airmanship.
Will look at the 1/24th scale Airfix one on the top of the bookcase tonight in memory.
RIP John.
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A very good life, lived very well. His passing marks a particular moment in the very specialised world of experimental and developmental test-flying.
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It was a privilege to exchange a couple of PMs with JF regarding his excellent book, A View From The Hover. An absolute gentleman.
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 09:28
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I'm very sad to hear this. Another of my childhood heroes gone forever.
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What a gap that man leaves. Privileged to have benefitted from his patient explanation of the answer to a not very sensible question a couple of times. Thanks John. Well done thou good and faithful servant. Personally I am unbelievably sad at your passing.
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