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616 Gliding School-RAF Henlow,1974

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Old 23rd Feb 2012, 13:43
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You are correct the Tower was made out of Hurricane packing cases.

Unfortunately I believe it was pulled down a year or so ago. I believe they tried to have preserved but I think it was deemed to unsafe.
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Old 13th Jun 2012, 21:57
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Those who remember him and who flew with him might like to know that, sadly, Peter Foreman passed away a couple of weeks ago. He was 91 years old.
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Old 22nd Jun 2012, 16:55
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Pete was one of the unforgettable characters that marked my entry into aviation, at the tender age of 14...Few could forget his assisted circuits....A gentleman indeed!

Hats off to his passing...and well done to him..a truly vintage pilot!

Martin G.
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Old 18th May 2015, 14:25
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A mighty thread resurrection

I happened to be posting on another car forum about a guy who shares his Super car garage with an F4 Phantom. Which lead me onto thinking about dear old Chris Lackman, and then eventually I ended up here on this thread !
Chris, myself and one Martin Germann were Staff Cadets at 616 at this time, Chris Hook, sadly departed, was a CI at Biggleswade ATC where I was CWO and he used to give me a lift from Langford most Sundays we were flying.
I moved to Olney in about 1988 and who should come knocking at my door one evening collecting on behalf of RAFA but one Tony Wilson, we were neighbours.
A few years ago, I also bumped into Geoff Lucking in Bedford.
We had some great fun back in the days of winch launches, with some great characters. The golden rule of the day was, if you don't want to end up with about 900' max off the end of the launch....dont pi$$ the Staff Cadets off too much who were driving them!
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Old 19th May 2015, 21:43
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Roger Morris-Roe and Alan Wyse still fly at Upwood with the Nene Valley Gliding club. Dave Bourne is still around in North Beds. I was with the school 1981-93 on Ventures and first convex to Vigilants. Alan Babbage was one of my mentors.
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Old 26th May 2015, 16:47
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Hi T21,
Any connection with Shefford?
It's grand that this thread has been resurrected again! So many of us owe it all to the ATC movement..Who could turn down gliding at a shilling a week!!!
I am still flying out of that Borneo airstrip....now, on a plastic "made in china"Boeing!!!
The next time I get home, I will work out how to get some old transparency images,of Henlow,in the 70's,into this thread..
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 21:50
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There are quite a few old 616-ers now with Nene Valley G.C. at Upwood.
Roger Morrisroe and Alan Wyse have already been mentioned, but there are also Michael Muir (who is now NVGC Chairman), John Bennett, Peter Valentine and Dave Braham. Chris Armstrong flies there occasionally.
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Old 5th Jan 2016, 17:19
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...Roger Morris-Roe and Alan Wyse still fly at Upwood with the Nene Valley Gliding club. Dave Bourne is still around in North Beds. I was with the school 1981-93 on Ventures and first convex to Vigilants. Alan Babbage was one of my mentors...
Hi there T21...

I was also on 616 VGS around the same time, 1982-1997, first as a staff cadet then up to A2 .. and Alan Babbage sent me Solo before that (May 1981) in Venture XZ558... I was very briefly in touch with Alan Wyse a few years ago and heard from another, my original flight commander, last summer... he left to take up a job elsewhere and had been there years before me, and is still gliding where he is now...

I was just contacted this week by the wife of another colleague from the same era, no names in public but he went on up to head office, so you will know who that is... It sent me down memory lane and this forum came up in a search... amazing!

Glad to hear that someone else has the memories as well... I was very happy there and only left because of work taking me away, as seems to have happened to quite a few...
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 12:54
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So the news that 616 is to finally close is out. How sad this is. Having been the first cadet on the first week-long course in 1958 to go solo and later an instructor I find it particularly depressing. I remember all the friends I made, including those with whom I now fly at Nene Valley G.C.
A bad day for the Air Cadet movement in general as well.
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 14:53
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Totally agree the history and goodwill of many excellent gliding schools has been wiped out in the name of progress.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 11:49
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I haven't followed the reasoning behind the closure of our old gliding school.
Suffice to say,I owe 616 GS RAF Henlow,2482 SQN RAF Henlow,Alan Babbage,Pete Foreman,everything.....,in helping my to achieve a long and successful career in civil aviation.
I have had the good fortune to fly a wide range of flying machines,ranging from the Kirby Cadet Mark 111, to the DC3,Twin Otter,Kingair,and just about every Boeing,culminating in the best plane for geriatric folk,the 787!
Two types,I did turn down...the Skyvan,and the Bristol Freighter..the former..haha,no regrets...The later,having just watched "The man in the Sky" with Jack Hawkins,filmed in the year of my birth...maybe,was a mistake!

616 Gliding School,and all past and present staff,adieur.....and...thank you!

Yaw String...(p.s. didn't need one on a Mk111..the wind on the cheeks said it all!)
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 13:47
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Thread drift but in case you have not seen this on the Mil thread there's a petition regarding the so called Air Cadet Relaunch. Please sign and spread the word!

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https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/124333

Defence Analyst comments:

Air Cadet Gliding - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
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Old 19th Mar 2016, 14:19
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Petition signed!
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Old 15th Dec 2016, 01:58
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Sad news to report — Chris Armstrong was killed in a gliding accident while flying from Husbands Bosworth field a few weeks ago on Sunday 4th December. He is believed to have been in some sort of collision with a light aircraft, (which landed safely). Weather conditions were sunny for most of the day.

Glider who died after suspected mid-air collision is named | Leicester Mercury
Glider pilot who died in crash is named - Harborough Mail
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Old 5th Aug 2017, 10:25
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I've just woken up after a late night at the 616 Final Dining-In Night in the Officers mess.

What a splendid evening we all had. It was very well attended with instructors from all eras, including someone who started on 'Day 1' in July 1958 as a staff cadet and rose to become CFI.

A big thank you to those who organised this and best wishes for the future from all who served in good old 616 from the beginning to the end.
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Old 13th Aug 2017, 08:06
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GliFly,
Sorry to have missed this one...Guess it was difficult to get the info about the event,to all past members...
Any pics would be much appreciated!
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Old 14th Aug 2017, 22:17
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There is to be an 'official' photograph and I'm sure it will appear on here (eventually).

We all enjoyed the evening, despite it being, in reality, a rather sad event.
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Old 11th Dec 2017, 19:11
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More sad news of early 616 instructors.
Dave Braham passed away the Monday before last. He was found dead in his bed by Roger Morrisroe who lives near him at Henlow.
Dave was an original 616-er from July 1958 and the earliest mention of him in my log-book is as my instructor in August 1958.
Dave was another ex-616 instructor who was a member of Nene Valley Gliding Club and an obituary will appear in S & G soon.
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Old 16th May 2018, 18:58
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Dave Braham's ashes were scattered from a T21b at Nene valley Gliding Club at Upwood on the 8th May.
It was done in 3 flights and we had John Allan, Peter Kirk and Richard (Cheese) Cheshire join us as visitors and 'scatterers' whilst the flights were flown by Roger Morrisroe, John Bennett and Peter Valentine who are a part of the T21b (DAR) owning syndicate.
John Allan, Pete Kirk & Richard cheshire were all instructors in the early 1960;s and, in fact, John was out C.O.
Although a sad occasion, it was good to all get together again and we did drink a toast to 'absent friends' after the flying was over for the day.
We had names flying together who had not done so since about 1963 or '64.
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