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Old 22nd Jun 2010, 19:31
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Famous pilots

Most of us know about Bruce Dickenson and Tony Underwood being at the controls through the TV, I just wondered if anyone knows if former Sheffield, Scunthorpe and Birmingham speedway (and Sheffield cycle speedway) rider, Phil White is still flying for BA?
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Old 30th Jun 2010, 20:09
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I used to fly with Phil on the EMB145 at MAN. Top bloke. With Flybe now, I think.
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Old 1st Jul 2010, 13:52
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Ricky Ellcock- former England fast bowler now a Captain on the 400 for Virgin
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Old 4th Jul 2010, 12:10
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Walter (weigh-in) Morgan

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Wayne's a has been (i.e. he has been most things in his life and mind)..... and he's quite famous for sharing these quasi experiences with us all. (link)
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Old 24th Oct 2012, 00:08
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I heard that old matey Wayne Morgan has done it again....

Anybody got any details?
Once again in South of France. Brest?
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Old 24th Oct 2012, 16:13
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No you're not: try - Kenneth Wolstenholme DFC & Bar, Donald Pleasance, Raymond Baxter, John Edrich DFC

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Old 24th Oct 2012, 22:23
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The big fat and a known groper, one Jimmy Edwards C47 Skipper. How the heck he got his jobs with the BBC I'll never know, hated his voice as a child, even now on BBC4 Extra, his voice off to Smooth 70s
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Old 29th Oct 2012, 13:09
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a known groper, one Jimmy Edwards C47 Skipper. How the heck he got his jobs with the BBC I'll never know
Would've thought he'd be perfectly qualified for the BBC....
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Old 30th Oct 2012, 16:43
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 06:33
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Whatever one thinks of Jimmy Edwards, there is no doubt as to his personal bravery. His Dakota was attacked and set on fire during a resupply drop during MARKET-GARDEN on 21 Sep 44.

KG444 had dropped its load, done a circuit and climbed away to 8000 and was set upon south of Nijmegen. Edwards made strenuous attempts to shake off the attacker using broken cloud etc but eventually the aircraft was severely damaged and set on fire.

Edwards called the crew to abandon the aircraft but then learned that three of the air despatchers had been badly wounded and so he elected to stay with the aicraft and it was forced landed on fire. Unfortunately, the three men could not be saved and were killed in the crash or immediately afterwards and Edwards was burned. He, his W/OP and the fourth despatcher evaded capture and returned to allied lines.

He was awarded the DFC

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Old 31st Oct 2012, 07:16
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'nuff said

Except that he landed it with his head out of the escape hatch in the roof.
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 10:55
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Better know to those in OZ

Dr Brian Edwards, flew DH84 VH-HPH "Matilda" from RAF Binbrook UK to Perth WA in 1990. Brian did so to honor his father & all RAAF crews lost in WW-II. Brian passed away some years ago, but "Matilda" can be seen at the Edward's winery outside Perth. Brian's book "The Matilda Mission" can, I believe still be found on Amazon etc.
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Originally Posted by Old-Duffer View Post
Whatever one thinks of Jimmy Edwards, there is no doubt as to his personal bravery. His Dakota was attacked and set on fire during a resupply drop during MARKET-GARDEN on 21 Sep 44.

KG444 had dropped its load, done a circuit and climbed away to 8000 and was set upon south of Nijmegen. Edwards made strenuous attempts to shake off the attacker using broken cloud etc but eventually the aircraft was severely damaged and set on fire.

Edwards called the crew to abandon the aircraft but then learned that three of the air despatchers had been badly wounded and so he elected to stay with the aicraft and it was forced landed on fire. Unfortunately, the three men could not be saved and were killed in the crash or immediately afterwards and Edwards was burned. He, his W/OP and the fourth despatcher evaded capture and returned to allied lines.

He was awarded the DFC

'nuff said

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I believe that Jimmy grew the handlebar to hide some scarring that he developed following that adventure.

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Old 3rd Nov 2012, 17:56
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WM spotted in the Hilton at LGW yesterday.....and no he did not have a Welsh rugby top on!
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Pete Glover - that's a blast from the past.

I wonder where he is now?

He told a tremendous ghost story!

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Old 15th Nov 2012, 20:51
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... famous or well known -

H Houdini - Neville Duke - Neville Shute - Charles Rolls -
Noel Edmunds - Frank Whittle - Grp Capt G L Cheshire VC OM DSO
and 2 bars DFC (founder of Cheshire homes)



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Neville Shute is really; Neville Shute Norway. He abbreviated his name because it wasn't the done thing to write novels when you were a professional. He was involved in the R101 project and was IIRC the founder of the Airspeed aircraft company and a principal designer of the Airspeed Oxford and Envoy series of twin engined aircraft, the former of which served the RAF until the early 1950s.

Because I thought reading novels was a bit 'sissy', I didn't come across Shute's books until I was compelled to pick one up when there was a dearth of reading material on my little jungle airstrip, somewhere north of Singapore. I then realised just what I had missed in my youth and quickly made up for it. In the days before www, I searched bookshops high and low for Shute's books and I have now read most of them at least once, as well as watching the films "A Town Like Alice" and "On The Beach" several times. Shute just had a superb way with words and no need for profanity or overt sex.

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