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Lt Cdr Peter Sheppard AFC RN - RIP

Old 7th Feb 2020, 12:36
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Lt Cdr Peter Sheppard AFC RN - RIP - Updated with funeral details

The family of Pete Sheppard asked me to inform the wider Fleet Air Arm Community on the social media channels of the sad passing of Lt Cdr Peter Sheppard AFC RN yesterday. Peter was a Korean War Sea Fury pilot who would later go on to fly the Sea Vixen amongst many other types. He is probably most well known for being one of the founding members of the Royal Navy Historic Flight and many will remember his legendary Sea Fury displays, an aircraft that was always dear to him. Further details to follow when we have them. Blue Skies Pete.

Lt Cdr Peter Sheppard AFC RN, 15 Oct 1932 - 6 Feb 2020.

UPDATE: Pete’s funeral details are as follows;
Thursday 27th February 2020
1020 Barnstaple Crematorium
1300 The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul Holsworthy.
Rig: Standard Funeral attire
Family flowers only donations in lieu to NavyWings.

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Old 7th Feb 2020, 14:39
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Sad news - surely one of the most well known and respected FAA pilots - RIP.
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Sad news, a fine officer and aviator. I remember an ad-hoc formation rejoin at VL one Saturday afternoon on his wing; he in the Fury and me in the jumping bean.

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Very bad news indeed. Pete flew with me on 151(F) Sqn at Chivenor and of course went down really well with staff and students alike. A wonderful man and it was a privilege and pleasure to have flown with him. His exploits will live forever, but even Pete was not allowed to land his Hawk after a foreign student had knocked his nose off, together with the front undercarriage. RIP dear mate. Blue skies; my lips are sealed
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Old 7th Feb 2020, 16:29
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Originally Posted by JENKINS View Post
Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote of Peter.
Well said, Jenkins! Often he was reminded by your pal Puddy, his Hawk guru at Brawdy. (Some 30yrs after his first jet course at the same location).


Hands to 74

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Bad winter - first Spiv Leahy and now Pete. For me, another fine pilot of the old school and an inspiration. Age is lining them up I'm afraid.
Fair winds and calm skies, sir. RIP.
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It was a pleasure to be around in those classic airshow days back when jock Maitland organised 3 day events around the country. Pete's Sea Fury display was always a superb occasion and I well remember watching a landing at Biggin when he folded the wings 'very soon' after touchdown which looked as spectacular as the flying part. He also made the briefings a bit of a hoot at times, plus was not slow to take part in ad hoc events such as a rather unlikely formation with the Tiger Club Turbulents. If there was an article written about his times (including the 'interesting' bits) it would make a great film.
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Very sad news. I for one will miss his "don't mind if I do" when offered any libation. A wonderful man who will be much missed.
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Such sad news, I count it a great privilege to have spent just a little time with such a great gent.

As a civilian, in his company and some times with other esteemed military or aviation gatherings, this giant of a man always made me as a minnow feel completely at home and truly welcome.

I fondly remember times at Yeovilton air days earwigging on conversations he would have with the current generation of pilots of his generation of aircraft who were always so keen to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge he freely gave.

RIP Sir with deepest sympathies to Doreen and the rest of the family.
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Really lovely chap - such a character. We will all miss him so much.
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He was a legend to "WAFU"s of my generation - mid 60's. And he never gave up. Sleep well Sir.
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Perhaps a better photograph of Pete, shown on the Hawker Sea Fury Appreciation forum on FB, courtesy of Eric Sheppard.



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A great guy in every respect, and a brilliant pilot to boot! Flew with him a few times at Linton when he visited to "try" the JP (Dec. 68) and he was a natural! He was also great company in the Mess/Wardroom after work!!
Sadly missed and great memories!

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Lt Cdr Peter Sheppard AFC RN - RIP

Vey sad to hear of Peter's passing. I have now lost 2 great RNFAA friends from my display days. RIP.



The photo shows Peter about to fly Mike Stowe (on the wing) Sea Fury at Blackbushe in 1977.

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I first met Pete at a Biggin Hill airshow in 1980 or 1981. He was in civvies and in an open-topped Bentley or Rolls. I thought he was an admiral. I saw him next in the pilot’s briefing tent at the Teesside Airshow, the former RAF Middleton St. George. (A much better name than those created since, don’t you think?) Pete was again in civvies, on the programme to display a civilian aerobatic aircraft. The display director was going through the order of displays when Pete interrupted, and asked if he get airborne about 45-minutes before his display slot. The display director didn’t have a problem with slotting in a single take-off but inevitably asked the question ‘Why?’.

‘Well’, said Pete,’ I haven’t actually flown this type of aircraft before, so I’d like to get airborne and practice a few routines.’

There was a stunned silence. His routine, as you might guess, was flawless.

In May 1983, I arrived as a ‘mature’ student on 151 (F) Sqn at RAF Chivenor. He was my first instructor taking me to solo. Pete and I both lived in the Mess, Monday to Friday, but he often gave me a lift ‘up north’ at weekends. He and I also flew from there to Leeming to attend the funeral of a good friend of us both, Roger Lane, who had been killed along with his student when their Hawk (from Valley) crashed into the Isle of Man. On the flight back to Chivenor that afternoon, we were both very quiet and reflective. It was a very hazy late summer’s afternoon and downward and slant vis was rubbish. We could pick out very little on the mainland. But to the west a significant feature stood out against the setting sun - the Isle of Man. That was my last flight with Pete.

I was still on the course when Pete had his midair, the story of which is not mine to tell. But I have always understood that when he and his back-seat pilot were being treated in the Station Medical Centre, with the SMO’s back turned they legged it, one out the door and the other out of the window. They were off to the Mess and Happy Hour. The SMO caught them just outside the Mess. Not sure whether he bought them a beer.

I only knew Pete for less than 3 years but he was an absolute gent and a quite superb aviator. I’ve never been surprised the Fleet Air Arm has continued to attract amazing boys and girls, of skill and character, for its cockpits when its ranks included people like Pete.

A toast to Pete: ‘Fly Navy’ (even though I was a crab).
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Probably got the wrong person but was Pete at Roborough in about 1987/8? There was, IIRC, someone called Sheppard doing Grading about that time but, as I say, probably someone else I'm thinking of. Cheers, H 'n' H
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Any funeral details would be appreciated.
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Old 10th Feb 2020, 21:33
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Any funeral details would be appreciated.
There are no details on the funeral at this point. I will post here when I have them.
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Originally Posted by Hot 'n' High View Post
Probably got the wrong person but was Pete at Roborough in about 1987/8? There was, IIRC, someone called Sheppard doing Grading about that time but, as I say, probably someone else I'm thinking of. Cheers, H 'n' H
Yes this is the same Pete Sheppard, he had retired from the Navy in 1985 and worked as a civilian QFI at Roborough until 1992
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