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Barbara Harmer Concorde Pilot RIP

Old 13th Apr 2011, 02:47
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This lady was a total inspiration to me, amongst the horrid little voices of dissent who told me all through my childhood that 'women could not fly'.

After hearing her story this woman ,little old me,did eventually fly. It remains the best and most rewarding thing I have ever done & brought me joy & excitement beyond words.
Although I never made a career out of it (probably the only person in history to be drawn to a career in Emergency Medicine more than flying), aviation is,was & always will be the greatest love of my life.

Thank you Barbara.Thank you so much.RIP.
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Old 17th Apr 2011, 19:12
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This gallant lady is seen in the right hand seat of the Concord on this video.

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Old 18th Apr 2011, 12:32
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Barbara's official obit in today's Daily Telegraph for those in UK or with online access to the DT.
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Old 18th Apr 2011, 18:31
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Shared a house in Humberside with Barbara when we both worked for Genair. A very kind person , full of warmth and fun. Truly saddened to hear of her passing , too soon.
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Old 18th Apr 2011, 18:43
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Captain Harmer − a colleague’s Tribute

Here's the link to the Daily Telegraph obituary:
Barbara Harmer - Telegraph

Never had the pleasure of meeting Capt Harmer. Until Barbara got her first airline-pilot job, she had been a “self-improver”. Any professional pilot who uses that term dismissively - and many do - should ask himself whether he actually loves flying enough to have stood that course, and perhaps be thankful not to have had to find out.

We flew in the same company for the best part of two decades, but I only met her on a handful of occasions. Airline pilots tend not to live in ghettos, and mostly have homes to go to after work. She joined us on the One-Eleven fleet in BCAL just before I went back to long-haul and, later, our paths crossed briefly on the DC-10. Everyone liked her. In BA, we ex-BCAL pilots were very chuffed when she became a star of Concorde.

Around the turn of the millennium, she embarked on a command course on the A320 fleet, where I was still lingering prior to retirement. Her choice of aeroplane for her first command would have been dictated largely by fleet vacancies, and the vagaries of the seniority system: she may well have been too junior to bid for a long-haul fleet. In any case, Concorde sector-times were hardly comparable with BA long-haul. A number of A320 skippers were ex-Concorde, and the A320 was still streets ahead of the other short-haul fleets in terms of new technology.

Having heard the news, I looked forward to meeting her. This was to be a brief one, somewhere in Europe, when she brought me an aeroplane to fly back to LHR. She had completed the simulator and base training, and was well into her line training. As we passed each other on the air bridge, together with whoever was instructing her, she looked quite chirpy and told me she was enjoying the aeroplane. A first command coupled with a type-conversion is one of the most testing courses most pilots have to run. Barbara would have been the first female captain on the fleet. We had a number of women-copilots, and there were female captains on other fleets. For whatever reason, Barbara was soon to return to Concorde.

After retirement, and after the final grounding of Concorde, I sometimes wondered which fleet she had moved to; and if she had given her command a second shot. In addition to proving her ability, it is a mark of what the obituary-writer describes as her tenacity that she later won her fourth stripe on the Triple-Seven, in addition to all her other achievements in the air and elsewhere.

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Old 22nd Apr 2011, 21:42
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There was a piece on BBC Radio 4 today on Barbara including past interviews with her.
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Old 23rd Apr 2011, 20:05
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BBC iPlayer - Last Word: 22/04/2011

For those that can listen to it.

The program is also on at 8:30 pm oh R4 on Sunday. I assume it is a repeat of the above.
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Old 1st May 2011, 11:20
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Super lady, first met her through contacts at Goodwood. Last saw her when she was driving an Alfa Romeo Spyder. Inspirational.
Old 1st May 2011, 22:01
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Thanks for that video, roving. It's lovely the way the Captain compliments her landing.
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Old 25th Nov 2012, 06:08
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Great Lady. RIP
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