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Old 6th Sep 2021, 23:30
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Sunderland flying club

Having just retired from flying (age 80) I wondered if any of the old Sunderland (now Nissan cars) Flying Club are still around ?
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Old 7th Sep 2021, 00:17
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Yes one or two up in the north-east , even some of the clubs Airtourer fleet still fly in the same patch of sky !
The aircraft museum adjacent to the former Usworth Airfield/Sunderland Airport , the North East Land Sea and Air Museum , have several items of memorabilia relating to both the airport and flying club and is well worth a visit .
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Old 7th Sep 2021, 10:57
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Thank you David I will visit when next in the North-East. I well remember those days learning in G-ATCI/L which led on to the purchase of Piper Cub, G-ATKI, for £750 and which we flew at the great cost of 30 shillings (£ 1.50) an hour. I see it is still flying but costs are slightly higher now !!! When we sold it I did the delivery flight from Sunderland to Chichester non radio with compass, altimeter and turn and slip + eye balls for navigation - another impossibility nowadays ?
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Old 8th Sep 2021, 15:18
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Originally Posted by Roy.C. View Post
Thank you David I will visit when next in the North-East. I well remember those days learning in G-ATCI/L which led on to the purchase of Piper Cub, G-ATKI, for £750 and which we flew at the great cost of 30 shillings (£ 1.50) an hour. I see it is still flying but costs are slightly higher now !!! When we sold it I did the delivery flight from Sunderland to Chichester non radio with compass, altimeter and turn and slip + eye balls for navigation - another impossibility nowadays ?
Apart from the now-lack-of-Usworth-aerodrome, that flight profile should be perfectly doable today. I'd take a couple of half-mil charts though.
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Old 9th Sep 2021, 11:38
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Hi Roy, it would be interesting to hear some of the names that were familiar to you. I’m still in touch with a number of people from the Sunderland days.
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Old 3rd Oct 2021, 11:25
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Sunderland Flying Club

Sorry for delay in replying. Memories fade over time but the Club was owned by George Bamford (haulage) and run by his son Lee + girlfriend Margaret. Other names are Ray Selkirk (RAF Boulmer), Derek Lodge (dentist), Arthur Smith (car dealer),Fred Sutton (retired), Neville ?(builder), Dennis Ord ( deep sea diver), a Polish daredevil pilot who persuaded me to try a Tipsy Nipper with some sweaty moments, and Sid (?) Booth (car sprayer who resprayed all our old bangers). Instructors were Ray Polson and Steve Marples and cost with instructor £ 7 per hour. ATC was Bob Henderson (green to land, red to go around).
I was known as the 'Flying Optician' for flying the Cub down to the sub-practice in Guisborough.
The 'crazy gang' made the press for their efforts to fly from Sunderland to Germany using the radio, ----- to port and ..... to starboard, wartime navigation system.

I would be interested to hear of your contacts VT10.
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Old 12th Oct 2021, 13:24
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Many of those names are familiar to me though one or two before my time. I started my flying career in 1979.
Sadly of the names familiar to me, they now have their permanent wings!
Iím still in contact with Steve Marples and we still fly together, though these days from Peterlee airfield
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Old 13th Oct 2021, 07:38
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I was flying there in the early 70's learning to flyin CI and CL,and I remember flying down to Old Walden with 'Macbeth' known as macdeath, he had a Jodel ( ?)
a real nut job when flying, a low pass over a field then a barrel roll on the way down to Old Walden,and then landed in a cow field after seeing one of his old planes in it, a cup of tea there and off we went,,,

Ps sorry about my English but living in France for the last 46 years,,,( not really sorry it's sunny again )
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Old 3rd Nov 2021, 23:43
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I was a member of the parachute club at SFC in the eighties, just before Nissan took over. There were some great air shows. I was also there when they flew the Vulcan in.
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