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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 01:49
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Barry Tempest is 79

Happy birthday to Barry Tempest.

Ex Rothmans Aerobatic team member and a pilot since 1954.

Clear sky's and happy landings Barry.
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 06:10
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Hey, Barry - did you get a card from Tracey?







(Thought not)
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 06:57
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Happy birthday Barry!

I was just looking for that photograph (no, not THAT photograph!) of you crazy flying somewhere with little more than a wingtip peeking coyly above the treeline...
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 07:01
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Barry Tempest is 79

And doesn't look a day over 100!

Happy birthday Barry. You signed my logbook after a flight together in 1979 when I was 17.

All in all I reckon you've aged better, and probably had more fun.

I hope I'm still as keen as you at 79.

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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 07:23
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Happy Birthday Barry. I too have a signed log book entry, from 1983.

Time flies and Barry has certainly flown alongside it in the grandest fashion!
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Happy Birthday Barry! Few can have done more for the cause of general aviation. May you enjoy today's anniversary and many more as much as I enjoyed my flights with you even though they seem like yesterday's. Barnstormers display at Sywell, 1971.

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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 11:50
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Barry has certainly had an interesting and at times exciting career.

However he had a miraculous escape from this in the early 70's.


On 30/7/1972, four aircraft were performing a display at the Barnstormers Air Display at Weston-Super-Mare airfield, when a mid-air collision occurred at approximately 100 feet, between Stampe SV.4c G-AYGR and Tiger Moth G-ANMO. Both aircraft crashed but all aboard survived. Barry Tempest, the pilot of G-AYGR, escaped with only a large bruise and concussion. The split in his crash helmet shows how close the disaster the accident had been.

Per eyewitness report from the pilot of G-AYGR:

"I flew with the RAT's for the 1971 season in Stampe SV4C's flying G-AYGR or G-AYCK in the No. 2 slot. A fabulous experience especially since I had no formation aerobatic time or training prior to joining the team. Not only that, but my first airshow with the team was the afternoon of the day I joined.........!!!

One day I will write it all up for one of the aviation magazines but I can confirm that on the odd occasion adrenalin was brown. Great blokes and fantastic pilots. Had to pack it in at the end of the 1973 season as, O thee of little faith, I lacked confidence in Rothmans continuation as sponsors beyond the end of 1973 and I had a wife, two kids and a mortgage to keep happy along with my day job of being CFI at Sibson.

I did blot my copybook in 1972 when I totally demolished a borrowed G-AYGR in a mid-air collision at a Barnstormers display at Weston-super-Mare. My subsequent apologies were accepted with a somewhat crinkly smile by Manx Kelly and Judy his wife."
source https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=75734



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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 13:41
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Well done, Barry!
You are in my logbooks somewhere, but then that is the same for most of the civil flying populus!
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Extra photos showing young Barry after his unexpected arrival. I think these pictures came from Manx Kelly, otherwise all sources acknowledged after 45 years.
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 14:09
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Congratulations to an honourable and much respected gentleman of aviation.


Honour and respect are commodities that are earned and not given in this meritocracy that is aviation , and Barry certainly has earned his accolades even though he attempts to make light of much of it. A true example to others.
Barry Tempest, we salute you .
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 21:42
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Happy birthday Barry, you sent me solo 24 Aug 1981 G-BHHJ.
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 22:12
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Many happy returns, Barry (although you are not in my logbooks!)
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 23:23
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Beagle - I did not expect one as I have never sent her one either. I try, at age 79 now, to stay well clear of strange females, especially those of a predatory and litigious nature. At the AGM the look she gave me was such it would have killed a lesser person but it bounced off me.
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 23:40
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No wiki page and no list of awards Barry but it appears you have had a wonderful flying career and sent many young pilots solo.

The Weston accident looked spectactular.
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No wiki page and no list of awards Barry
A quiet (and quite an) achiever. Don't know you from a bar of soap Barry, other than from these pages, but well done, for your accomplishments, a life well lived, and most importantly, obviously a gentleman much admired in your community. Here's looking to many more celebrations.
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At the AGM the look she gave me was such it would have killed a lesser person but it bounced off me.

Barry. You're a braver man than me..............Why do you think I sat behind her .
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Old 23rd Feb 2017, 11:17
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Barry belated birthday wishes - I just checked my logbook and you did an instructor test for me in August 1975 from Sibson! I also recall doing a renewal with you in a Chipmunk at Leicester. After we'd done the obligatory spinning you asked me if you could do a few aeros. I recall you performing a hesitation roll the last two points of which we were in stall buffet but the aircraft behaved like it was on rails.

You also visited my father (Hector) when he retired from examining to hand over the gift of a print on behalf of the Panel and I happened to call in whilst you were there. Happy Days.

Many happy returns!

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Old 23rd Feb 2017, 11:52
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Hi Barry,

Many happy returns! And many thanks for your pragmatism and common sense when you were in GAD at the CAA, especially with respect to display approvals in the pre-DA days. I will never forget some of the memorable conversations that we had! Look after yourself.

Best wishes

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Old 23rd Feb 2017, 11:54
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Barry: I hope they've given you the keys to Sibson & Sywell, the chain of office and Freedom of both.
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Old 23rd Feb 2017, 13:57
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A long time ago on the far away planet Sibson, it was Barry Tempest who took my difficulty with landings in hand and had me sit in the 150 while assistants raised and lowered the tail until I had memorised the correct landing attitude.

40 yrs and 2000 hours later I still wish occasionally that I'd paid more attention.

Cheers and happy birthday, Barry!
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