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Bristow Sumburgh - End Of An Era

Old 19th Sep 2009, 09:44
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Great Pics Plank Cap, would love to see these a bit bigger (800 pixels across the top max).

I can just picture all the Sumburgh "old boys" with their noses pressed against the computer screen trying to read the registrations

Not many now without the old spectacles in the top pocket
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Old 19th Sep 2009, 10:01
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Old 19th Sep 2009, 14:26
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Old 19th Sep 2009, 20:29
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Old 21st Sep 2009, 02:35
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All I can say is that I am Loving the Pictures.

Keep em coming.
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Old 21st Sep 2009, 07:29
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Old 21st Sep 2009, 20:02
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Some things haven't changed!

G-TIGJ is still on the islands - albeit 45 miles north...just for now!
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Old 21st Sep 2009, 21:51
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G-TIGJ

Yes, Golf Juliet is an old girl now

... in fact only last week, I saw her sitting in the hangar dribbling
and being tended to by a Welsh & Australian Nursing Team
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Old 22nd Sep 2009, 16:23
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Sad days indeed!

Worked in Ops with Ian Hooker (RIP) and an Australian lady in 1978, having come up from Teesside after working with the S58's on the Ekofisk. Noticed earlier post advising Garth Parfitt is no longer with us - can someone pm me details - I did some marvellous flying with him.

Other chaps I remember are Gordon Woods, Al Streeter, Roger Fisher, Graham Davies and old Tom(forgotten his second name), last 2 being Ops. I have a few pics of Sumburgh too - will post after I've scanned them.

Most memorable flight ever was flying through the valley on Hoy, then around the Old Man in SA330 G-BFNF on my delivery flight from ABZ to LSI!
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Old 22nd Sep 2009, 17:30
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This really has brought back some memories, some sad, some happy.. some very happy. There are just too many names and characters to go through, Engineering, Aircrew and Ops!! Lots of people no longer with us and RIP to them.
I thought Sumburgh would go on forever but it seems not.

uuoret... The aussie lady was big Steph and Tom was maybe Tom McCarthy, a real gentleman and also now no longer with us.

Harky... thanks for posting the pictures, it looks really sad in that hangar, just how did we get all those aircraft in?? I'll bet there are a few "ghosts" wandering around there and on their way up to the Club!
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Old 22nd Sep 2009, 17:39
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Never forget the Portapub!

Now that was great fun at the tower as the Silver Wings club; then at the back of the British Airways hangar. Cheap beer and you could hardly get in the door on a busy night!
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Old 22nd Sep 2009, 18:18
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Let's not forget the "Colditz" where the interior walls did not always reach the exterior walls.....leaving little to the imagination about what was going on in the adjoining rooms. Some interesting stories to be told I reckon!

Phil.....was there ever a "slow" night at the club???

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Old 23rd Sep 2009, 09:46
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uuoret

Al Streeter now lives in Cyprus. There is a of photo of him on the Bristow Photos thread here & his biog is here.

Roger Fisher left BHL to join BIA & when they wound up he moved to British Midland. He & his wife, Alva, Moved to South Africa upon his retirement a few years ago.

There are a number of Sumburgh faces on the Bristow photos Thread.
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Old 23rd Sep 2009, 11:55
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Sad to hear that it is all closed down, lots of great memories of Sumburgh, plus a few hazy ones.
Don't think that getting into the Portapub was a problem, getting out of it was on a few occasions, what I liked about it, that apart from Bristow and BAH, you also got the local characters in as well so it made for a great atmosphere, don't think the new club was ever as good, offcourse there was a lot more people around then, mind you the Bristow bar in the hotel had some great nights.
Nessboy. You probably spend a fair bit of time now on standby next door, maybe you should use it to organize a reunion, think about it when you have a beer with Phil at the weekend.
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Old 25th Sep 2009, 21:45
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Old 26th Sep 2009, 11:47
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Wow, a glass cockpit. OC was purely steam driven when I flew it.
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Old 26th Sep 2009, 11:59
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How very sad to see, Shetland lost something when Oscar Charlie went, now the total closure too, it seems that everything that was Shetland is dissapearing, and there's still worse to come!
I had a fantastic flight in Oscar Charlie arranged by Norman Leask a few years ago, he and Simon Butler flew me over places I would never have seen, I will never forget that flight, Norman or O.C., infact I have a greyhound named after Oscar Charlie.
Thanks again Norman.
I'm glad I moved off a few years ago, sad to see the heart being ripped out of the isles, so much going on (wrong)
Regards to every-one,
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Old 30th Sep 2009, 09:11
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Ah well... out with the old.. in with the new!
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Old 30th Sep 2009, 12:57
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Many happy days spent in Sumburgh on the old S61 in 1980-82. Normally living in Hardbreaks (no 9 was the transit itinerant house for us Aberdeen detatchees)

Lived with Eddie Ford and David Stephens on one 2 week hitch, I think I still have a headache nearly 30 years later!

I also remember flying with Michel Z to "ze Sistle" for BNOC

What was M'hat M'coat's real name, Gordon.?

Happy days
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Old 30th Sep 2009, 13:12
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M'Hat, M'Coat.... Gordon Mitchell, must be nearly old by now
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