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Britannia Ops 1974-79

Old 15th Dec 2008, 23:04
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Britannia Ops 1974-79

Where are they now my Ops Officers from the seventies at Britannia Airways Ops Luton Airport ? Steve Jones(joined Orion) Tony Masefield(joined Eastern Airways) Paul Soames( retired ?)Maggie Toyer and Chris Constable.
Happy days controlling the fleet on a large sheet of paper ,running into the tower ops to get the latest actuals and reams of Boeing AID's on the telex(what's that ,we invented text messages long before the mobile users !)machines.
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Old 16th Dec 2008, 11:45
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Chris Constable is now in New Zealand
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Old 16th Dec 2008, 12:17
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Steve Jones is General Manager for Aviation at EMA (or was it CDD in those days) - I know - I am that man !

Fond memories of great days (and nights) with some of the best characters I ever had the pleasure to work with

Unfortunately the numbers of the healthy seem to be reducing but best wishes to all

SBJ
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Old 16th Dec 2008, 12:37
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Was Kingsley Leyton of that era I was there briefly in 1989 but sadly the job I was taken on for didn't materialise so I left after 3 months
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Kingsley was there for a while ,happy times with the late "Sutters " Malcolm Sutcliffe, we used to go for an enormous breakfast after a 12 hour night shift. Fred Mysko was another character,I had no beer in except a bottle of cherry brandy,we were ill for 2 days. Jock Hamilton was our manager headed by Dave Cox. Trevor Caveney was on the planning side. Hello to Steve,do you remember Jamie Alderman ?? Glasgow captain ?
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Old 17th Dec 2008, 07:45
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Great names from those heady day

Jamie Alderman !!! always "ops normal, on schedule" - one of the great "operators" to grace the skies
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Any body know the whereabouts of




TheDave Whitehead (I think he went to australia)

is happy jack ex Manchester(sorry dont know his surname) still around
as in On Sked ops normal

How about Geoff Fearn I believe he went to CX in HKG


The good old days




regards to all ex BY Staff (u were the best)
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Old 19th Dec 2008, 01:43
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Dave Whithead did go to Aus : I believe he is with V-Blue.

Jamie Alderman, I still have the scars on my shins inflicted by size 10 boots when Jamie thought you were not paying attention to his storytelling.

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Old 19th Dec 2008, 08:49
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Geoff Fern is (as I understand) now retired and living in Canada

Still see Keith Baker & Terry Lee who are still at the old shop

How u doing CC - remember some of the heady days in Bonnick Court !

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Thanks for your reply

Please give my regards to Terry Lee next time you see him

Hope he is well



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Gerry (EX NEA) at Manchester
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Old 20th Dec 2008, 14:23
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I think I've started something here ! Many thanks for the news and Merry Christmas to all ex Britannia and Euravia staff everywhere
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Old 3rd Jan 2013, 09:06
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Chris Constable

I know he lives in New Zealand, but does anyone have contact with him these days. I have an old email from him, but not getting any answer.
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What happened to pilot Allen Harvey...ex RAF and Bahamas Airways...saw him operating through Newcastle in 1973/4.
Allen was close friend of Peter Godwin...what happened to him...Peter became famous for his disguised escape from Iraq in first Gulf War...the disguise failed! They made a TV doc. about it all and it was hilarious.
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Peter Godwin
Goodwin.

Last saw him in a derelict 727 at Faro with a couple of other wrinklies in the FD about 1995.

To see Goodwin in full flow in or around Kuwait ops in the early nineties was wonderous to behold.

As the trick-cyclist in Faulty Towers said: "There's enough material there for a conference".
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Jamie

Remember sitting next to Jamie Alderman, air ambulance to Skye, back in 1981, as a sprog,(me..not Jamie) base training at GLA for an ABZ base with Loganair!
Great guy!
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Old 11th Jan 2013, 16:32
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Would that be the same Peter Godwin whom I would have crossed paths with in the 80s at Leavesden/Elstree and a variety of pubs in Northaw, Essendon and other villages around Hertfordshire?
 
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Although did not work for Britannia I felt an affinity to Ops when listening on the radio to Paul, Kingsgley etc in the 1970s and 80s. Sad to hear of Kingsley´s departure to the great airport in the sky.
Remember hearing a Captain based in Birmingham coming on the radio and saying regularly ´´Off the blocks Birmingham 0000 estimating ? on schedule ops normal - would that have been Jamie Alderman. Also there was a Polish captain based at Luton Andre (sorry did not know his surname) who one evening hung around the Bovingdon hold when it was a foggy night and knowing the area well thought the fog might lift. All of a sudden a voice came on the radio - 600 metres RVR on 26 - so immediately descended and made an approach and landed. Could not do that nowadays hang around just in case!
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Old 19th Jan 2013, 20:45
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That would be Captain Jeziorski. Good bloke, a real gent.
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Old 19th Jan 2013, 22:40
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The BHX ops call could have been anyone as it was standard practice inbound and out to call ops.
Running round to briefing for the latest actuals/TAFS every half an hour would have been the ops assistants job (pre computer days) and if there was half a chance the weather would improve-we would get the aircraft to hold for as long as practical.
How much (or little!) do carriers have nowadays!! Precious little in many recent cases !! Mind you fuel prices were considerably lower-but a 737-200 often wouldn't have much left to hang around anyway after coming back from a Greek island?

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Many thanks for those replies gentlemen. C3B
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