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A P W Tait aka fareastdriver

Old 5th Nov 2021, 19:47
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A P W Tait aka fareastdriver

Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with much sadness that I must record the passing on 1 Nov 21 of FAREASTDRIVER - stage name Al Tait.

Al was a Rhodesian and came to UK in 1960 entering the RAF via South Cerney, followed by the usual passage to a seat in the Valiant and when the seat collapsed he went to helicopters. Tern Hill led to 230 Sqn in Borneo and thence the Puma and after leaving the RAF he spent many years in China - I understand his logbooks are pretty full.
Al was a member of a gang called the Old Rotors, which he supported over about 20 years.
Al, who seemed remarkably fit, was taken ill recently apparently not Covid, and died when complications set in when he was in hospital.
The details of his funeral are that it is a family affair and will be in Aberdeen where he and Betty, his wife lived.

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Old 5th Nov 2021, 19:58
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That's sad news! FED was one of those posters here whose contribution I always looked out for.
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Old 5th Nov 2021, 21:08
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That is sad news, I really enjoyed his posts and he will sorely be missed, please pass on my sincere condolences to his family and friends, such a terrible loss.
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Oh, damn! RIP, FED Ö you have entertained and informed this old non-aircrew endlessly over the years.
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RIP FED. Enjoyed his posts for many years, particularly the informed opinions on matters out East.
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Old 5th Nov 2021, 22:31
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Sad news. RIP Al.
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Old 5th Nov 2021, 23:06
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Sad news indeed - I shall miss his informed and interesting posts. Condolences to his family.

RIP.
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Sad news RIP Al
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Old 6th Nov 2021, 03:35
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Can only concur with all said above, always looked forward to his contributions, will be sadly missed. Fly high FED.
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Old 6th Nov 2021, 08:41
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Iím really sad to hear this. I hadnít actually met him, but from PM exchanges here I know that we had flown on the same squadron at different times then operated in the same airspace and been on frequency together when he flew the Puma in the Far East in the 1990s.

My sincere condolences to his family. He will be missed here, too.

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Old 6th Nov 2021, 09:43
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Very sad - we often didn't see eye to eye but he never descended into any form of unpleasantness. I always felt I'd like to have met him in the flesh.

he'll be missed
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 10:57
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I am sorry, always a great contributor and very much a Gentleman. So sad...
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As Treaders says - so sad. I was always interested in what he had to say, especially about China - he having lived there.
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Very sad new. sorry to hear.
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One of those names you take for granted on the forum.
Thankyou for recording his passing, too many on here just fade away.
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Blue skies sir
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 10:20
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 10:39
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We were polar opposites in just about every respect. However, I did enjoy his accounts about living and working in China.

I can, however, relate directly to a sudden and unexpected passing along with the emotional effect this has on family.

I extend my genuine condolences and sympathy to those of his family so affected in this difficult time for them.
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Sad news, I always enjoyed his posts, espcially those which he accompanied with photos!
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 14:15
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It was sad news indeed and there are a lot of comments on the Bristow Old Gits FB page. I flew with him for several years in Aberdeen and always enjoyed his laid back calm nature, and chatting about his experiences earlier in his career, on Valiants, Whirlwinds and Pumas. He had a wealth of knowledge and no airs and graces - most ably demonstrated by his somewhat casual approach to his uniform!
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