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Pilot of Air Anglia Bell 47J, Clacton, mid-70s

Old 25th Feb 2014, 01:34
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What a wonderful thread!
I flew out of Stansted 1978/79 on the F27.
Crew list at that time was:
Captains Dick Holt, Paul L-Beard, John Clarke, Ed Newman.

FO's Roger Wilkinson, Geoff Boston, John Roberts, Brian Wood, Kevin
Cross, Marius Michael, Dave Barber, Chris Champion.

Flt Att's Chris Jones, Lynn Cunliffe, Linda Eley, Sue Webb, Leslie Hunt, Helen
Ford (code BMC) Stephanie Moore.

Very fond memories of all.
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Old 1st Mar 2014, 05:22
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Aberdeen and Norwich crews..all top chaps..on
NLT spent a year seconded to AA but not knowing then, on reflection, the best flying I ever did!!
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Old 21st Aug 2014, 18:30
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In 1978 as an Operations Assistant I took a "A Route Familiarisation" trip from Norwich to Amsterdam and back on an Air Anglia F27 with a Captain Roy Mann. And now, 36 years later, Roy gets to sign my license after a simulator session in Hong Kong. Bit of a career moment for me (and no money changed hands ). Strange world.
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Old 21st Aug 2014, 19:37
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That makes you 74 years old and Mann about 120.
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Old 21st Aug 2014, 20:35
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Yes , Fantom! It sometimes feels like that!.
At the last count that makes me 57 and Roy...a bit older!
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Old 21st Mar 2015, 17:24
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Cool Tribute to Jim Crampton Joint Director Air Anglia

Have just come across this interesting booklet which you can read by clicking on:

www.issuu.com/alstokes/docs/jim_crampton

Many photographs. Some anecdotes (mis-attributed) taken from this thread.
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Old 2nd Jul 2015, 19:04
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Can you remember the colour of the Cessna 172's? I took my very first flight in one of them, too young to remember the reg but I think I can remember the colour, it would be nice to know....
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Old 3rd Jul 2015, 08:46
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Cessna 172 - G-AVVZ - Mustard and White. Also G-AVIE which I think was Red and White. These were the 172s in service at Norwichin 1971-73.

However I'm sure there were others and you will find references to them in this thread.

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Old 3rd Jul 2015, 12:49
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Thanks for the info, but I meant the two 172's at Clacton in the sixties, G-ATRE/G-ATUN
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Old 3rd Jul 2015, 18:56
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I have photos of both if you would like copies. Pm me with home email address.
G-ATRE and G-AVVZ were both yellow and white and mainly did pleasure flying from Clacton.
G-AVIE was more frequently used at North Denes -although they crossed paths occasionally and was indeed Red and white. If you had an approximate date and place you took your flight it might help narrow it down which one you flew on.
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Old 4th Jul 2015, 09:55
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Pilot of Air Anglia Bell 47J, Clacton, mid-70s

I flew VIE in approx 1978 ( my log book at home)
Ginfo ( CAA aircraft registration sight) shows it left the company in May 78. Worth a look on Ginfo for all three aircraft.
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Old 9th Jul 2015, 00:47
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Hi, 390

One has a full briefing on your whereabouts.

re that site. You piqued my interest when you searched G-AXGE some time ago. Was it via GINFO, as I've just looked again and I don't seem to be listed as an owner. Indeed, one other search showed 'leased', but I purchased it from Biggin when it was nearly new.


Any idea how I can focus in on its history?


Photo of her at Frinton International c 1970. She looks rather nice in the new paint job.

Aircraft G-AXGE (1969 Socata MS-880B Rallye Club C/N 1353) Photo by Howard J Curtis (Photo ID: AC953284)
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Old 9th Jul 2015, 10:18
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LR - go back into G-INFO for G-AXGE and click on 'Full Registration History' near the top of the page. Then scroll to the bottom of that page. Now click on 'Register Entry 1 - (opens as new pdf)' and you will see your ownership entry. Subsequent entries/owners are on 'Register Entry -2'.
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Old 9th Jul 2015, 11:34
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Why couldn't I do that? Thanks.


However, it does show chartering. Odd. It also shows me only owning/chartering for a short period. I'd have had to do more monthly hours in that than the BAC 1-11 I used it to commute to.

Sorry for thread drift but memories of that period flood back rather vividly. Commuted to Luton for every single flight day and night for one summer. Even LHR was workable with pally engineers tucking the aircraft away while I went to Dublin for Sim rides. 10/6, the lading fee.

Returning that night I was cleared into grotty weather straight across London direct Frinton at not above 500'. I have a feeling that would be unwise to do now.
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Old 10th Jul 2015, 13:38
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A pic here of Cessna 172 G-AVVZ on the recently revamped Air UK Reunion website (which is well worth looking at in its entirety):


Interest - Page 4 of 7 - AirUK Reunion
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Old 10th Jul 2015, 16:33
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Hi Nightstop. Duxford 23rd Sep? See you there. Herod
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Old 11th Jan 2016, 19:23
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Sorry for a little thread drift and not about aircrew, but I was saddened to hear today of the passing of John Huggins, who spent a number of years at North Denes maintaining the pleasure flying Cessna 170 and Cessna 206 and, I believe ferrying pax from the office around to Bristows on the airfield to fly offshore. He was responsible for allowing me to have my first ever flight (in G-AVVZ I think) in about 1973...I will never forget his kindness.
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Old 14th Jan 2016, 16:08
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Sorry to hear about John Huggins. I remember him well. Wilbur's right-hand man at North Denes.
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Old 12th Feb 2016, 06:58
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having read ALL of the thread here..what a reflection on the best year I had with AA..Bloody Nora..Soddy as a cricket commentator..he was into classic cars I recall at one stage I think…I often, when in UK drive past NWI airport..and if the air is quite right and the dusk at its most elusive, I can almost here those darts as the evening AMS, LBA ,ABZ begin their hauls east and north…That long day with the daystop at the Norwich hotel..ABZ/EDI/LBA..eastern radar handover to Colti and NWI..then back up that night…somethings never change..now i do it through TPE and NRT..living the dream..cauchemare!!
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Old 13th Feb 2016, 13:58
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Pucka - J. Soddy once sold me a "classic" six volt V.W. Beetle which had so many holes in the floor pan we used to call it the Barney Rubble car, like from the Flintstones. It had an oil leak which splattered oil over the rear off side tyre which made cornering like a trip to a skid pan. Loved that car. Like you I now earn a crust in HKG, you must be in training to only do TPE and NRT.
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