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Old 29th Jun 2009, 09:21
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Don Everall Aviation

My last flight at Pendeford airfield was in the Condor G-AWAT on 19th August 1969. As far as I am aware, Don Everall Aviation did not have any King Airs. The only one that I can think of is a Beechcraft Queen Air operated by Marchwiel Holdings (Alfred McAlpine) and flown by Captain John Atkinson. After Pendeford closed they then moved operations to Halfpenny Green airport (at Bobbington). Alfred McAlpine had their head offices at Wergs Hall, Tettenhall and were sold to Carillion for £572 million pounds in 2008.

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Old 29th Jun 2009, 11:22
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I wonder if it was something from recent history (ie recent history prior to 1965, say) that had been left in local memory? Or perhaps it was a simple mis-identification by one of my ATC friends.

MMMM funny that, the ATC being in the control tower, now I come to think of it.

Did Pendeford have two control towers? An old one left over from the war, and something more recent perhaps. I'd swear it was lit in the evenings by candlelight!
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Old 29th Jun 2009, 11:33
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Don Everall Aviation

I posted you a reply in Aug 2008 re flying for Don Everall. I am still in contact with Derek Turner who was ex RAF aircrew and then Ops man for DE and then EAT.
Ref the King Air query, I was with the Beechcraft pilot (Bob Oestreicher N790K) when he demonstrated it to McAlpines and Johhny Atkinson 15.10.64.

It was quite expensive so they retained the Queen Air.
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Old 29th Jun 2009, 12:19
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N790K is a Shrike Commander. At least it is now. It looks something like a Beechcraft, though - so is it the same aircraft?
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Old 29th Jun 2009, 15:09
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Don Everall Aviation

I have checked my log book and have it as written, N790K. He visited a number of Queen Air owners, including Martin Baker.

Bob sent me a book later on, Beechcraft - 50 years of excellence. On page 248 describing the European Sales Tour he has written " Bob, this aircraft LJ-4, the aircraft we flew".

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Old 19th Jul 2009, 17:35
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Great shots of the tower at Wolverhampton in the Jack Hawkins film, MAN IN THE SKY
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Old 10th Nov 2009, 18:25
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Angel Don Everall Aviation

I was first employed at Pendeford as an apprentice ground engineer way back in the early 1950s The company was Airschools Ltd, later changed to Wolverhampton Aviation and included in the group, Wolverhampton flying club, Derby aviation, Derby Airways and ( I Think) The Elstree Flying Club !
The Engineering diector was Ron Pain. ( A great Guy ) .A member of the throttle benders club, who used as his personal hack a Hawk Speed Six. He was also an acomplished air racer in the Hawk............. I could go on describing my experiences includind my employment period with Don Everall Aviation,but there is insufficiant space on this site.I left the company in around the 1959 period.
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Old 10th Nov 2009, 19:08
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Boscobel, please post your memories here, so we can all share them.
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Old 11th Nov 2009, 17:43
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I worked for Don Everall Aviation for two years 1958- 1960 at Pendeford Airport. The General Manager was Eric Holden , the chief flying instructor was Don Gibson and the engineer in the hanger was Bob Goldsmith.
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Old 15th Nov 2009, 10:24
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I completed a Flying Scholarship with Don Everall Aviation at Pendeford which if I am correct was Bolton Paulís factory where the Defiant was built.
I did the 30hr PPL course in August 1964 starting 6th Aug in G-ARNI with Dave Williams as my instructor. I also flew the other Colts G-ARON & G-ARKP. The spinning and aeros was flown in Auster G-AIBZ, did anyone ever get used to heel brakes?
There were two others doing a PPL course at the same time, but cannot remember their names. We lived in a caravan behind the club house with access to the kitchen for meals. I remember there was a cook with a daughter of similar age to the three of us.
I kept my PPL current at Pendeford before joining the RAF in 1966. I have been in civil aviation for the past 25 years flying B737ís and currently the Airbus family.
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Old 14th Dec 2009, 13:26
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Pendeford

I attended primary school at Parkdale just outside Wolverhampton and remember a certain amount of aerial activity about 1957 which was said to be connected with a film being made.I now know that film was called "Man in the Sky", which is referred to by "Pull what",above.Does anybody have a copy please,or know where I can find one?
Although I never met him I did spend some time talking to Chris Lloyd's ( see post above) parents whom I met by chance in the San Remo(strictly out of bounds!) coffee bar in Tettenhall where I was now at secondary school.He had attended the same school I was now attending and I learned that he was an instructor at Pendeford.I was jealous!

I remember a couple of good airshows there and, some distance away from the airfield, the Boulton Paul factory.

In later years I worked for and flew with Jeep Holmes and his pipe at EMA,ABZ and of course BHX
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Old 20th Dec 2009, 11:13
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Don Everall Aviation

Your Instructor Dave Williams, was that the same man who flew as a DC3 Captain with Derby Airways in the 60's ? A nice relaxed pilot, adored by all the girls who flew with him.
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Old 20th Dec 2009, 12:08
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Don Everall Aviation

Dave Wiliams was an incredibly kind and relaxed instructor, often taking me on 'weather checks' which I appreciated being an impoverished student. He sent me off for my first solo flight on the 29th May 1965 in the Beagle Terrier G-ASZE (it took me nearly two weeks to get my Student Pilots Licence). I have often wondered about what happened to him, rumour has it that he joined Cambrian Airways flying the Vickers Viscount 701.

If anyone is interested, there is a short excerpt from 'The Man in the Sky' on Youtube.

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Old 26th May 2010, 11:19
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The film 'Man In The Sky' is now availkable on DVD-worth seeing for the rocket assisted take off on a Bristol Freighter!!!!!!!
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Old 15th Apr 2011, 08:11
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Eric Holden/Don Everall.

Ravenart;-'I worked for Don Everall Aviation for two years 1958- 1960 at Pendeford Airport. The General Manager was Eric Holden , the chief flying instructor was Don Gibson and the engineer in the hanger was Bob Goldsmith.'

Belatedly to this thread. Seems unlikely, but is Eric still with us? If so, any ideas where he is now..?

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Old 16th Apr 2011, 00:02
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Interestingly I flew in G-ARKP out of Denham in early 60s. IIRC it was something to do with a 14F ATC day out.
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Old 17th Apr 2011, 17:49
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G-ARKP is now at Headcorn, it is with Weald Aviation, so I am told. I retire from civil avition the end of this month and intend to go and have a flight in said Colt not on my own I may add
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Old 25th Apr 2011, 19:26
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Dave Williams did some examining at Hawarden
Ron Paine(Pongo) was in charge of Derby Airways in the 60s
I went to Eric Holdens house in the 80s sure it was Kingstanding area-he had a daughter
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Old 27th Apr 2011, 22:26
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Thanks Pull What, that fits with my recollection with regard to where he was based.
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Old 20th Sep 2011, 22:49
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Don Everall and G-ANEG

My father Johnny Atkinson flew for Don Everall,and my mother,who is still very much alive and kicking flew as Air Hostess.They used to make the in flight catering sandwiches on our kitchen table before each flight. I can also remember the whole family at the same table constructing and painting airfix models of the DC3,for display at travel agents in the Midlands
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