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Robert Pleming. RIP

Old 3rd Feb 2021, 17:58
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Robert Pleming. RIP

Very sad to hear of Dr Robert Pleming, Vulcan to the skies. RIP and thank you.
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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 18:21
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Amen to that.
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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 19:28
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Sad to hear this news. Pie in the sky they said...he heard, listened and went on to do it anyway - bravo!






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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 20:19
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Indeed a great man and inspiration.

Thank you Robert Pleming.
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I didn’t agree with some of his policies, but the man did make mountains move. Fly.

RIP and condolences to family and friends

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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 21:09
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With his driving force & enthusiasm we got to see the Vulcan flying again!

RIP Sir
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RIP Sir, your strong resolve & tenacity defied the nay sayers, it was a pleasure meeting you. To see & hear 558 flying was an inspiration to young & old alike, I doubt anything like this will happen again. Thank you!
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
I didn’t agree with some of his policies, but the man did make mountains move. Fly.

RIP and condolences to family and friends
I never knew him , but was graced with his AHUK last team of the year shout, that of course Covid destroyed any meeting. I hope Covid did not take him. Alas time will say otherwise like others I miss. He did what many others cannot. He was let down by non LAEs. A fact one should remember.
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Sad to hear this, was amazing to be able to see XH558 fly at Southport several times, and to take my daughter to see her final flight around the UK. Don't think I have ever seen so many people and cars on the normally quiet roads to the marsh opposite BAE Warton.

That howl.....
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He gave a lecture in Pudsey civic hall back in the '90's I believe. Subject, obviously returning the Vulcan to flight. Absolutely fascinating and his enthusiasm was infectious. As fascinating as it was, I thought it was a pipe dream.......the 'elf and safety mafia and the CAA will never let it happen. He moved heaven and earth and made it happen!! RIP Robert and thank you.
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Grit in my eyes.
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I had the enormous privilege, and enjoyment, of working with Rob for more than fifteen years. His sudden death came as an enormous shock. He was a good friend, and his calm good humour, often under huge pressure, was wonderful to behold. As others have noted here, he took on a project that most people thought was impossible, and he saw it through over the years to glorious success. In so doing, he achieved something highly unusual in the world of aviation - winning the hearts of millions of people.

Thanks for that video, A Tribute to XH558, NutLoose, hadn’t seen that particular compilation, and I don’t know the editor, Tom Woodward. But for anyone who’d like to see Robert Pleming talking about XH558 shortly before she was grounded for ever, you can find a BBC Breakfast recording where he appears briefly at 3mins 20secs and at greater length at 4mins.

For me, Robert Pleming wasn’t just a friend - he was an irreplaceable fixer-upper of the impossible. I doubt we’ll see anyone do again what he did.

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558 has a special place in my heart: it was the first of its type I ever flew in (captain, Joe L'Estrange and my captain on that tour, Al Chapman). So, Robert Pleming thank you for kindling the memories and RIP.
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I was lucky enough to be working airside at BZN when 558 arrived from Bruntingthorpe (and immediately into Base Hanger with a broken something or another). Until the RAF lost faith at Brize - don't know why, but the Staish stopped all its flying except departure and landing, 558 and its crew provided Vulcan flying I hadn't seen since the 1970's - at 64 years old I even got to do chute recovery, last done at Valley in 1980!!. Station Road would be literally jam-packed by sightseers, travelling from around the country to see Dr Pleming's dream take to the air. Sometime later, on a tour of bomber country in Lincolnshire, I met a retired Vulcan Squadron W/Cdr who expressed concern about the continued flying of 558, perhaps echoing the RAF's worry that it would eventually end up a smoking wreck on their property. Shortly after, its sponsors withdrew, in hindsight probably for the best. I bumped into Dr Pleming a number of times, along with the crew of 558 at Brize - a gentleman, a visionary and to most of us someone who achieved what we never thought to be possible. For a short period, he transported us to a time when we were much younger(!), enjoying a life never to be repeated and when for us, the RAF was a better and different place. Thank you Sir, and RIP



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Old 5th Feb 2021, 19:40
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Sad news, condolences to family. A privelege to have known him!

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