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Janda 6th Jan 2021 16:18

Ernie Banfield RIP
 
It has been reported on another site that Ernie Banfield ex Maritime pilot passed away this morning. Ernie was a Maritime Legend on Shacks and Nimrods. Blue Skies Sir.

Not Long Here 6th Jan 2021 17:50

An absolute gentleman who I got to know way back in the 70's firstly as the QFI on my first Nimrod Conversion Course and then over many beers in the Choughs at St. Mawgan. Thanks for the memories.

ExAscoteer2 6th Jan 2021 18:17

A true Gent. Blue Skies Sir.

Countdown begins 6th Jan 2021 18:23

He was the Sqn Ldr screen pilot on my first Nimrod OCU. An absolute gentleman with a fantastic sense of humour. A true leader, blue skies, Ernie.

Richard Dangle 7th Jan 2021 08:20

A lovely man. RIP

thunderbird7 7th Jan 2021 12:35

Memories of his length of fag ash dangling off his hand in the circuit, not falling off on his landings... definitely on mine though!

I believe he and John Rudin were the 2 tanker pilots for the Falklands, doing all the trials for the AAR fit and flying most of the trips.

RIP

pontifex 7th Jan 2021 13:06

I first flew with Ernie on 10 Nov 69 when doing a flying refresher course at Manby. Later, I introduced him to Nimrod prodding in May 82 at Kinloss (needed just two flights). I was at A&AEE at the time. Our paths never crossed subsequently but I do remember him as a supremely competent operator and a real gentleman. We also shared the same surname. I am very sorry to learn of his passing.

The Poison Dwarf 7th Jan 2021 13:28

An absolute legend, they don't make them like that any more, in fact, even in his day they didn't.
RIP Uncle Ernst.

The Poison Dwarf 10th Jan 2021 21:54

Not only Shacks and Nimrods but Junkers Trimotors (possibly where he got the nickname Ernst!) and Meteors too!


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