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Gerry HU

Old 7th May 2008, 21:33
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Gerry HU

Gerry Hu
Any body know of that lovely gentleman,spent many hour's flying with him.Could make a cigar last T/O to Ldg from LHR/BRU on a HP7 all in IMC of course.
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Old 8th May 2008, 00:01
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My lasting impression of Gerry was getting airborne somewhere or other, after which he promptly went to sleep, only to awake somewhere near the outer marker :-)
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Old 8th May 2008, 07:39
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Ah yes Mr Muscles
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Old 8th May 2008, 08:36
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Even after he retired he could be seen walking round Crawley in his Captain's suit, and a white fisherman's sweater and jackboots.
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Old 10th May 2008, 20:21
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I last saw him at a Channex bash in BOH, and heard reports of his attendance at a couple I didn't go to, but I've not heard of him for a number of years now.
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Old 14th May 2008, 08:30
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Smile Gerry

Alive and well I am pleased to say. I can arrange contact if you PM me and tell me who you are.
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Old 15th May 2008, 07:58
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Just noticed this ... it surely has to be the same chap I knew when he was with Air UK...........

"laid back" attitude plus a free lecture on the benefits of eating chicken without the skin.....


Funnily enough I was talking only last week to someone about him and wondering how he was these days.
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Old 22nd May 2008, 11:43
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Gerry was a 'most' professional pilot and I remember many happy years with him at BIA and Air UK.

He was one of those guys who was great from an Ops and Crewing perspective - just got on with the job and did his best to keep on time.

They were happy days
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Old 22nd May 2008, 15:10
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The only man who didn't have an abbreviated three letter name code for the Air Uk daily aircraft programme sent out by Sita
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Old 23rd May 2008, 21:53
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I remember Jerry at Channex on the herald.He was a super guy to fly with,and told some great stories.He used to(he may still do) live across the lake from Eddie Roocroft,another one of life's gentleman.
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Old 28th May 2008, 02:40
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Jerry Hu.

Is this the same Jerry Hu from Dan Air?? If so, I spent many hours with him on Bristol Freighters in the early sixties.

I also flew with Eddie Roocroft on DC-6's with BUA and Air Ferry.

Small world!!

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Old 28th Jul 2014, 18:11
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Hi my name is graham

Can I pass on to you my phone number to Gerry as I was a good friend of his daughter Geraldine I went to the USA working and when I can back she had moved way from nutfield and I would dearly love to see her again so could you be kind enough to do that for me my name is graham wells and I lived in Redhill for 20years I now live in Edinburgh
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Old 31st Dec 2015, 12:49
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My first kiss was from Gerry Hu's daughter -I was 7 years old!

My father flew with Gerry Hu. He was Capt. Alan Barker. He had a heart attack and died in 1977. He was the Nth American "boss" (I was a kid, what would I know) until the 1970's fuel crisis shut down the american operation. He went back to his love of animals, becoming general manager of the Queensland RSPCA. A great man, 1,500 people attended the funeral.
He was good friends with Capt. Hu. I still remember his MG GB. Red, I think it was. I too recall his being fit, but I was just a kid.
My most lasting memory was his beautiful daughter, Dina. As we were leaving his apartment complex, Dina leant in the back window of our Riley 1.5 and gave me a kiss. My very first. I think I fainted.
If anyone is still in touch with the Hu's do give them my best, though it would be my father,Alan Barker they would remember, I'm sure.
All the best,
Tim Barker
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Old 16th Apr 2017, 20:37
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Saw Gerry on 7 April, accompanied by a young Mrs Hu. Pleased to say he is looking good for 91 (?) years; signs of Mr Muscle are still there! PM me if you want to get in touch.
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Old 19th May 2019, 18:38
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Saw Gerry again a couple of weeks ago. Still with young Mrs Hu on his arm. Eyesight is a problem but apart from that you can still see Mr Universe!
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Old 11th Jul 2019, 11:05
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Mr Hu

Hallo, I am terribly sorry to bother you Sir, but my name is Felix and I am Captain Huís grandson. I was wondering, if you were to see him again at any point soon to send my regards to he and Wanda; as I sometimes have difficulty reaching him by telephone and I am not in the area to say hallo. If you wish to email me my address is Ď[email protected]í. Kind regards, Mr F Hu
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 23:58
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Hi .. Peter O'Shea here just to say I recall the BIA days and Gerry
with much happiness ... A great character and like me loved hot weather which
was why he was living in England ....
Great days in BIA with lovely characters like Gerry ( Bob Saunderson ! ) and more !

John Best told a good one about Gerry after the early morning newspaper delivery
to Jersey .. where the the 'loaders' refused to allow him the usual complimentary
newspaper selection ... Gerry's response was scathing ! I'll leave it there ...

BIA pilots were familiar with fatigue ... but recall those days as happy ones !
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Old 29th Jul 2019, 23:15
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Gerry Hu

Originally Posted by 146boy View Post
Hi .. Peter O'Shea here just to say I recall the BIA days and Gerry
with much happiness ... A great character and like me loved hot weather which
was why he was living in England ....
Great days in BIA with lovely characters like Gerry ( Bob Saunderson ! ) and more !

John Best told a good one about Gerry after the early morning newspaper delivery
to Jersey .. where the the 'loaders' refused to allow him the usual complimentary
newspaper selection ... Gerry's response was scathing ! I'll leave it there ...

BIA pilots were familiar with fatigue ... but recall those days as happy ones !
Hi Alastair Rosenschein here; I have very fond memories of operating Handley Page HP 7 in BIA with Gerry Hu. I have many stories from flying with him. One of my favourites was from 1979. After landing and coming onto stand at Gatwick one of the stewardesses came onto the flight deck and said that she couldn’t open the passenger exit door. As a young FO I realised to my horror that I hadn’t fully depressurised the aircraft. I surreptitiously reached behind my right hand side to operate the outflow valve to complete the depressurisation. As I did so Gerry tried cracking open the small cockpit DV window. Of course it wouldn’t budge so he put both his feet on the instrument panel and with both hands on the Window handle heaved with all his mighty strength. The window still wouldn’t budge, so he put even more effort into it whilst I frantically and without his knowing continued opening the outflow valve. As the aircraft gradually depressurised Gerry’s efforts suddenly caused the window he was heaving on to burst open and rip out of its runners. At that point our ears started popping rapidly and all our flight paperwork shot out of Gerry’s window. He then turned towards me holding the now detached and damaged window and stated with delight over his muscle power “Herald tough as old boots!” With that he tossed the window over his shoulder onto the galley floor behind where it crashed noisily to the ground.
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Old 12th Oct 2021, 10:02
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Sad news for those who knew Gerry. I have it on good authority that he joined his Universe earlier this year. Wanda pre-deceased him by a few months. I know nothing more (or definite), so if you do how about posting here? Fond memories of flights and times with one of avations' finest characters. Four Turbo
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Old 17th Oct 2021, 01:26
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Yes, I regret to have the misfortune of confirming that Gerry is dead. Wanda died of cancer and Gerry followed her some months later. It was a great loss and I am personally still mourning. His funeral seemed so small for such a giant of a personality.
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