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Old 24th Feb 2019, 15:21
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Red Arrows pilot

Hi, just enquiring if anybody has any memories of Flt John Haddock who flew with the Reds in 1970? . Just interested. Thanks
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Old 24th Feb 2019, 19:03
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Originally Posted by Jet9 View Post
Hi, just enquiring if anybody has any memories of Flt John Haddock who flew with the Reds in 1970? . Just interested. Thanks
Sounds a bit fishy? (Well, someone was going to say it!)
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Old 24th Feb 2019, 19:13
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Damn. Didn't see that coming. ☺
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Old 24th Feb 2019, 19:28
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Originally Posted by Tashengurt View Post
Sounds a bit fishy? (Well, someone was going to say it!)
A quick google of the details in the original post will probably highlight why comments like this are neither helpful or useful in any way.

https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=94215

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Old 24th Feb 2019, 19:28
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Killed in the mid-air over Kemble in 1971 which also claimed the lives of three other members of the team.

Edit - apologies, Mr V: we posted almost simultaneously (but not quite - 'you were more simultaneous than me', as a very young Archi Jr once observed...)
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Old 24th Feb 2019, 19:32
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Thanks guys.
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Old 24th Feb 2019, 19:38
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Yes I do. He was my QFI at RAF Syerston in 1968. A Flying Officer who just didn’t bother to take the B Exam to get promoted to Flt Lt. He came to be an instructor following a tour in the Middle East on 208 Sqn and was obviously not happy with his lot. He was 26 and I was 19 and I was very wet behind the ears.
There is no doubt he was a very talented pilot and while obviously bored with JP handling and speeds, which to me were amazing, he gave me the enthusiasm to want to go on to faster and more thrilling jets. He had a girlfriend who flew with Cambrian out of Cardiff and, as a Welshman myself, we took a JP to St Athan for a week end on more than one occasion. I remember meeting him early on a Monday morning to return to Syerston and he was quite happy to let me fly him back.

As a result of his example in the cockpit, and the bar, I went on to fly Gnats and a career flying fast jets. I remember on my first tour walking around my quarters garden on a cold January night having heard on his death at Kemble. I have raised a glass on many occasions since to his memory.

I went to CFS eventually and spent a full tour at Valley on the Hawk and tried to put the same same enthusiasm for flying into my studes. Those that I still see seem to think I did OK.

He was a fine pilot, difficult friend
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Old 24th Feb 2019, 19:45
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Yes I do. He was my QFI at RAF Syerston in 1968. A Flying Officer who just didnít bother to take the B Exam to get promoted to Flt Lt. He came to be an instructor following a tour in the Middle East on 208 Sqn and was obviously not happy with his lot. He was 26 and I was 19 and I was very wet behind the ears.
There is no doubt he was a very talented pilot and while obviously bored with JP handling and speeds, which to me were amazing, he gave me the enthusiasm to want to go on to faster and more thrilling jets. He had a girlfriend who flew with Cambrian out of Cardiff and, as a Welshman myself, we took a JP to St Athan for a week end on more than one occasion. I remember meeting him early on a Monday morning to return to Syerston and he was quite happy to let me fly him back.

As a result of his example in the cockpit, and the bar, I went on to fly Gnats and a career flying fast jets. I remember on my first tour walking around my quarters garden on a cold January night having heard on his death at Kemble. I have raised a glass on many occasions since to his memory.

I went to CFS eventually and spent a full tour at Valley on the Hawk and tried to put the same same enthusiasm for flying into my studes. Those that I still see seem to think I did OK.

He was a fine pilot, difficult friend
Thanks odanrot!. This is much appreciated. 😊
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Old 24th Feb 2019, 21:17
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Originally Posted by Mr. Vice View Post
A quick google of the details in the original post will probably highlight why comments like this are neither helpful or useful in any way.

https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=94215

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Are we expected to research every post now lest our responses cause offence?
I'd suggest that if you're posting about a potentially sensitive subject you should probably indicate that in the op.

An unrepentant Tashengurt.
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Old 25th Feb 2019, 17:59
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Originally Posted by Tashengurt View Post
Are we expected to research every post now lest our responses cause offence?
I'd suggest that if you're posting about a potentially sensitive subject you should probably indicate that in the op.

An unrepentant Tashengurt.

You win, top job.

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I was a QFI at Syerston when Johnny was an instructor there. He was a very good friend to my wife and myself. He is still mentioned in our household despite the 48 years since his loss.
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I was a QFI at Syerston when Johnny was an instructor there. He was a very good friend to my wife and myself. He is still mentioned in our household despite the 48 years since his loss.
Thanks simmy. Much appreciated. Sounds like he was a popular bloke.
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