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King-Air Flying Club. Biggin Hill (Late '70's)

Old 21st Dec 2011, 20:16
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David Quirk.....!

Last saw him in 1976, wonder if he still has his TR6....?
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Old 21st Dec 2011, 20:30
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Or you, your CV thinggy or your Spitfire (is that was it was called?).
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Old 31st Dec 2011, 17:03
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Old 14th Sep 2012, 17:14
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King-Air Flying Club

Hi Brian I came across your thread of July 2010 mentioning Lilian King. I live on an island in the Thames which I am doing historical research on and she lived here - your note says she died in 1987 but I have her down as still here in 1995 at least. Just wondering if you could recheck, also do you have a photo - she was obviously quite a character!
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Old 30th Nov 2012, 18:46
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Looking for Annabelle Winter

Annabelle was an instructor at King Air & BHFC around 1978, anyone know of her whereabouts?

God bless Cyril Knight and Richard Elles

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Old 18th Feb 2013, 09:31
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Looking for some photos for a talk I have to give, I stumbled on this thread again. Annabelle Winter or A E Winter as it says in my logbook took me on my first PPL flying lesson in Cessna 150 G AZJX in summer 1979.

I did my GFT with Cyril a few months later. I did some flights with Quentin? but most of the time my instructor was Alan Carter. I also remember Gordon and Lillian well.

Simple and happy times
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Old 18th Feb 2013, 12:25
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Ah Annabelle Winter, lovely lady. She was with Monarch on the 737-300. Unfortunately she left us in the early 90ís
Now retired I guess.
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Old 18th Feb 2013, 12:42
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Last saw him in 1976, wonder if he still has his TR6....?

Or his T120 Bonneville
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Old 23rd Jun 2019, 08:32
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Terry King

I had a few flights in a 150 with an uncle, Terry King, when I was just a boy. I assumed that he had something to do with the club because of the name, but by all accounts, he was something of a rogue, being exposed in the Sunday papers shortly after what was to be my last flight, for allegedly bribing civil servants to win building contracts. Does anyone on the forum remember Terry?
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Old 26th Jun 2019, 00:31
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Originally Posted by timbking View Post
I had a few flights in a 150 with an uncle, Terry King, when I was just a boy. I assumed that he had something to do with the club because of the name, but by all accounts, he was something of a rogue, being exposed in the Sunday papers shortly after what was to be my last flight, for allegedly bribing civil servants to win building contracts. Does anyone on the forum remember Terry?
Well, it would be helpful to know when this might have been.

I do remember a chap called Terry but don't recall his surname. However, I should be very surprised if he was related in any way to Gordon King. Nor do I remember a 150 but that doesn't mean much - I once borrowed a Robin (Jodel) DR400 for a trip to Brussels but I really had no interest in the club fleet beyond doing my multi in the Apache (with Cyril) and the delightful Chipmunk which I flew regularly. I was last airborne at Biggin in 1972 after which I went commercial. Actually, thinking about it, the Robin might have been on the Biggin Hill Flying Club's strength - it's all a long time ago. They also had a later "Regent" there for a while when John Bryan was still there.

Happy days!

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Old 1st Jul 2019, 05:47
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Does anyone on the forum remember Terry?
From memory Terry King had a PPL and was a member of KAFC . His wife was called Pat who was blonde and drove a red Mazda . Terry ran a plumbing business . He was exposed in one of the tabloids when according to Peter Hopley ( another club member and top chap) an employee of his by the name of Eddie Clark ( also a member of the club ) was wired up and spilled the beens over bungs for lucrative contracts at Buck House .
Terry King purchased the club in its entirety from Gordon King around 1982/3 obviously retaining its name . They smartened the place up a bit and introduced uniforms and name badges for the instructors .
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Dear Roger,

I learnt to fly with King Air from July 1980 and remember Gordon and Lilian King. I had two instructors alternating Steven Herivel and Jamie Austin who naturally went on to the airlines I recall. My GFT was conducted by Cyril Knight the following year and in January 1983 he carried out my IMC course and Night Rating followed immediately by a Group 'B' Rating on the Apache - this time my examiner was Jamie Austin who had trained me for my PPL in 1980! Over the next few years I used to hire aeroplanes and fly out to France on many an occasion. Cyril came along with me on a couple of flights and I nearly got to fly with his brother Harry on a flight to Germany and back when Harry was killed on a similar return flight a few days earlier. Harry, according to Cyril had a relationship with two ladies on both sides of the Channel since meeting a German lady during the war - this may of course been Cyril chatting to me in the Club bar after a few whiskeys.

It is sad to learn that King Air will now only remain a memory and that the old RAF 'H' block spider has been demolished completely with all the old surrounding buildings. I do in particular remember the Adams single porta-cabin where I bought my first headset to use in the aeroplanes which were just being fitted with jack-plugs. Another memory is of me ordering a 'Cheese & Ham Toastie' from the bar as a snack when I was in the Club.

Well that PPL triggered my career off and on departing the Army I purchased South Warwickshire Flying School which was started in 1982 shortly after the former wartime aerodrome of Wellesbourne Mountford was opened. I would extend a warm welcome to any former King Air member flying in or visiting by road to call in for a coffee and a chat at our Club. Our aerodrome cafeteria is the 'Touchdown Inn' and like us is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thank you for triggering my memory of the good days of general aviation at Biggin Hill.
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