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Bird Peacock RIP

Old 1st Jan 2007, 11:33
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"Bird" Peacock RIP

Regret to inform the sudden death of Captain "Bird" Peacock in the early hours of New Year's Day.
Bird (aka the Human Windmill) Flew with the RAF Transport fleet on Beverleys and Belfasts, then in civilian life with Laker, Executive 1-11's, Air Europe, Royal Brunei and , currently Excel.
He was 62 years old.
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Old 1st Jan 2007, 13:16
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Funniest man I ever met, kindest heart, gentle old wind bag. May your soul rest in peace, happy flying.
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Old 1st Jan 2007, 14:01
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Bird Peacock RIP

Bird Peacock (ex-RAF, Laker, Royal Brunei, AAI) fell off his perch suddenly at home at 2100 last night, 31 December 2006.

A larger than life character was Bird and the world will be a quieter place.
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Old 1st Jan 2007, 16:40
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Certainly not like Bird to leave just when the party's warming up.

Wonderful chap. R.I.P. Bird
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Old 1st Jan 2007, 17:07
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"Bird" ... the one and only!
What a great character! We flew together in Air Europe ... after 10 or 15 years we managed to catch up again in the Royal Oak for a beer. We were due "a get together" on the last week of December but it never happened!!
Very sad news indeed. We'll all miss you Birdie.
R.I.P. dear friend.
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Old 1st Jan 2007, 19:03
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What a shame, a good type....just raised a glass in his direction.
Well Bird always said that airline pilots die at 65 and he was nearly right.
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Old 1st Jan 2007, 20:56
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To Bird,
Not like him to miss the party,god bless you old mate,happy flying your own way.
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Old 1st Jan 2007, 22:03
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Fly away bird

I flew a few trips with bird during my assignment with AAI, I remember well relaxing in the Bar of the Hotel on the Island of Granade.

Good fun to fly with, R.I.P Bird
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Old 2nd Jan 2007, 09:19
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I can't help but smile whenever I think of Bird Peacock.

Blustering away at BJS ATC
"completely unreadable, if you want to give us instructions learn the Queen's English dear chap!"

or his rhyming R/T
"Kinabalu,
Good Morning to you,
this is Brunei 032,
45 DME on 352,
on descent thru FL 212,
hello hello good morning to you".

Or puffing away on his cigars - the No Smoking rule was for those who smoked mere cigarettes dear chap.

Always referring to Henri as 'The Memsab' and doting on her.

If he didn't have a glass in his hand withing 5 minutes of going off duty, you knew something was wrong.

My first line check as a captain was with him going into Bali. It was Bird at his best. Couldn't decide whether to laugh at his antics or cry because SOPs were a distant memory. Once we landed, Bird went off for a Puff and the Line Trainer told me to relax, "We haven't been able to change him in 15 years and we don't expect you to be able to in one sector."

Don't ever change Bird.
You're just right the way you are.

Cheers mate.
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Old 2nd Jan 2007, 11:55
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This is a big shock.

I flew with him in the week up to Christmas to BGI.

He was there doing the Limbo in his own unique style.

I also flew with his wife last month to TAB.

Everyone at Excel will miss him, I know I will.

RIP Bird
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Old 3rd Jan 2007, 05:18
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What a very sad day. Flew with Bird in Laker and Air Europe and would often bump into him in his Brunei days when I was with SIA. Always the life and soul of the party. Rest well Birdy.
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Old 3rd Jan 2007, 05:23
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Birdie

I was Henri's closest pal when they lived in Brunei.

Henri, my condolences, and Bird, if you are up there, watching us, chomping on a cigar with a Bacardi Coke in your hand, this is for you. You will be missed.

Henri and I used to groan when this song comes on at the Wednesday get-togethers and you will lead the sing-a-long, followed by the rest, WM, KB, TTT aka TM and PTR aka PR.


Artist: Chumbawamba
Album: Tubthumper
Title: Tubthumping
We'll be singing
When we're winning
We'll be singing
I get knocked down
But I get up again
You're never going to keep me down
Pissing the night away
Pissing the night away
He drinks a whisky drink
He drinks a vodka drink
He drinks a lager drink
He drinks a cider drink
He sings the songs that remind him
Of the good times
He sings the songs that remind him
Of the better times:
"Oh Danny Boy
Danny Boy
Danny Boy..."
I get knocked down
But I get up again
You're never going to keep me down
Pissing the night away
Pissing the night away
He drinks a whisky drink
He drinks a vodka drink
He drinks a lager drink
He drinks a cider drink
He sings the songs that remind him
Of the good times
He sings the songs that remind him
Of the better times:
"Don't cry for me
Next door neighbour..."
I get knocked down
But I get up again
You're never going to keep me down
We'll be singing
When we're winning
We'll be singing
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Old 3rd Jan 2007, 07:07
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Farewell To 'bird'

Like all of of you that have contibuted to the thread the news of 'Bird's' departure clearance to a distant aerodrome comes as a shock. Timely departures are seldom a feature in the lives of aircrew.For the unforecast departues of friends,one can only hope that the SID,came with brief alteration for that which is inevitable and written. I do hope that the take-off was a full thrust and with the great hurrah known of the man.Timely 'Birdie",Timely there will not be a year goes buy in my life when I will not raise a toast to you at New Year,whilst contimplating my final line-up-clearance.

I do hope that on your flight-plan there is a "Mr Bean" destination, for together a review of your aviaton anticts would make the world a more reflective and happier place. God speed.

David Yeomans (a.k.a Die Gummiente)
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Old 3rd Jan 2007, 10:38
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A Great character - RIP Bird.
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Old 3rd Jan 2007, 13:01
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Just heard the sad news whilst out for lunch with RBA friends who are passing through DXB.

I will never forget, many moons ago, us all walking down the corridor to our respective rooms, having just checked into the hotel in BNE. Loud muttering could be heard from the end of the corridor "Oh, for God's sake" as Bird unable to enter his room struggled to get to grips with the latest technology; hotel key cards!

A great character and good fun to work with. As Wings has previously stated he did things his own inimitable way, a nightmare to check!

We send our condolences to Henri and the rest of his family. Rest in peace Bird, you will be missed.
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Old 3rd Jan 2007, 13:29
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When I was young Crewing bod at Air Europe , "Bird" was one of the Gentlemen aviators ,always helping , never complaining .
Very sad news.
Brgds
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Old 3rd Jan 2007, 16:39
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The aviation world has lost another of its great characters. Whilst Bird certainly had his own unique way of doing things, he was always a pleasure to fly with and one of natures true gentlemen.

It is people such as Bird that continue to make this job enjoyable and it is that much less enjoyable today because of Birds sad passing.

There will be 2 ex RBA pilots raising a glass to you in BRU this weekend Bird.
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Old 3rd Jan 2007, 20:05
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Bird Peacock

I still find the sad news of Bird hard to believe. It was only about a week ago I was shaking his hand to wish him a good Christmas and new year. Yes he certainly had his own ways of doing things, but he was also great fun to fly with and lived life to the full. The waft of his cigar smoke will be missed. RIP Bird.
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Old 3rd Jan 2007, 21:58
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Very sad news indeed - I've many happy memories both social and airborne of Bird. I always remember his great retirement plan which was to buy a 'B & B' and turn it into a residential retirement home for airline pilots - I easily imagined Bird propping up the bar and swopping stories into the early hours - sadly it will not be now.

My sympathies to Henri.

God rest you Bird
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Old 3rd Jan 2007, 22:23
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These are the details of the funeral arrangements of the “one and only" Bird Peacock.
12:00 noon Thursday 11th January 2007 at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, Worth.
If you can join us to say farewell to this extraordinary man we would love to do it together.

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