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Rogers Aviation, Cranfield...late 70's early 80's anyone?

Old 10th Mar 2011, 10:20
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Rogers Aviation, Cranfield...late 70's early 80's anyone?

I used to go up to Cranfield every weekend and spend my weekends at Rogers...was introduced to the then CFI Ron Campbell by freinds of the family who knew I loved all things aviation in 1976.

A few names that have stayed with me from those days...

Bob Walker & his wife - instructor (who did the Michael Crawford filming famous for his love of Polo mints)
Tony Dobson - instructor
Cliff Chandler - student pilot
Bill Southwell (the Ford Capri maniac & pilot)
Mike Dyson - instructor who then became CFI when Rogers went to Cabair IIRC
Keith Pickett - CFI
Stan - head engineer in the hangar
Bob Crowe - aircraft sales

The planes that I went flying as a passenger in many times.....

G-BEZO - Cessna 172
G-BFRV - Cessna 152 Aerobat (used for Crawford scenes)
G-EXEC - Seneca

Also flew in a couple of Austers, Cessna 150's and went on airtests as an observer aboard Golden Eagles, Citations, Centurions and a couple of HS125's.

We would often fly to Wellesbourne Mountford for a bacon sarnie...or down to the IOW.

I am pretty sure that Bob Walker, his wife & Ron Campbell will have passed on by now, just wondering what happened with the others.....they were a lovely bunch of people, who I remember very fondly....especially trying to play golf in the snow (Tony & Bill)...the filming of Some Mother's do 'Ave 'Em, filming the scenes for the Redcoat Britannia....it was all loads of fun back then..especially for me as a very young teenager...truly wonderful days
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Old 10th Mar 2011, 10:33
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Hello I dont know too much about Rogers Aviation; but you make mention of filming the Redcoat Britannia; I think this was for the BBC TV series Buccaneer about a cargo airline called Red Air. It came out around 1979 / 1980; I am trying to obtain a VHS copy of the series. I have written to the BBC; but no luck. Would any ex-Rogers employees have a copy?
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I did the AOPA ground instructors course with Rogers in 1977. What a privilidge to have personel tuition from Ron Campbell and Bob Walker. Both real gentlemen and so knowledgeable.
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Old 22nd Mar 2011, 14:59
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Th Buccaneer tv series was pulled when the one flyable Redcoat Brittania came down in heavy icing at Boston's Logan airport.
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Old 24th Mar 2011, 21:04
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Ron Campbell (who did the flying with Michael Crawford) and Bob Walker have sadly passed away. Ron's wife Pam is I think still very active with AOPA.

A search here would have shown that
Keith Pickett - CFI has also sadly passed away.

Mike Dyson - instructor is I think still mentioned on the forum

Google could be a good place to trace the others.
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Old 22nd Mar 2013, 19:58
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Cranfield memories

Goldryder. Brought back some memories. I first went solo at Cranfield and in 'FRV' !
Saw a lot of people and machines come and go back in those days. Was there when the Boscombe Down Britannia came through for it's avionics upgrade. My understanding was that it departed Cranfield for EBBR enroute to somewhere in Africa. Struck by lightning and returned to EBBR. Some Rogers folk positioned out to repair. I have some pics of it somewhere in the loft.
They were good days and some very nice people. Stan Meeks run the hangar if I recall.
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Old 23rd Mar 2013, 11:53
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Rogers Aviation, Cranfield...late 70's early 80's anyone?

Mike Dyson ended up being head of training at cabair. However he left I seem to remember in 2002 to have some managerial function or other at Air Wales. What he did after that, I have absolutely no idea.
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Old 23rd Mar 2013, 19:21
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Early 60's anyone? Pam 'Klein' - taught me all I know. If she is still active with AOPA I'm delighted!
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Old 23rd Mar 2013, 19:55
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Back in the 70s, the Executive Aircraft Show was held at Cranfield, in front of the Rogers hangar, the scene of a dreadful accident involving the enthusiastic demonstration pilot of a Maule crashing killing the occupants one of which was a pilot from Cessna Brussels , spraying burning fuel over spectators on the flight line. We watched helplessly as the occupants burnt to death. A very sad day at Cranfield.

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On a happier note, anyone remember our Norwich Union/ Colman's KingAirs arriving for their checks?
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That would be G-NUIG if memory serves me.

Anyone remember the infamous Ted Cooper flying the company C404 G-VWGB back and forth to Kassel?

Chris Follows in the Vickers Citation 500 and Townsend Thoresens C500 G-FERY.

Would like to recall the names of the AA crews who regularly brought in their fleet for maintenance: Cessna Conquests: G-AUTO, G-BMOA, and Lear 35 G-GAYL. Nice guys.
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Just dug out my first logbook, and found I had passed my PPL with Bob Walker back in '87.
Mike Dyson was Chief Tech instructor at Trent when I was there, I think i'm right in saying he was the big guy??

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Old 29th Mar 2013, 18:24
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That would be G-NUIG if memory serves me.
Very good. 'Norwich Union Insurance Group'. Naff, I know, but it wasn't my idea.

Now, remember the Colman's of Norwich C90 reg?
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Old 4th Apr 2013, 07:38
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Rogers Flying School

Anyone remember Bill Beadle? Learnt much from him. Also, the ever calm John Campbell? Where did you end up John? Be nice to know what happened after those Cranfield days. As before, a real nice bunch of guys.
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Old 4th Apr 2013, 10:34
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Very good Z.

But did you know:

RCCL was sold to Norwich Union when the Colmans bought a B200 and NU re-regd it as NUIG.
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Thought the original Norwich Union Beech E90 was reg G- BGNU?
Must be brain fade.
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Old 5th Apr 2013, 10:18
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Not brainfade Kenneth. Great Big GNU was the NU E90 but they traded down to Colman's C90 when Colmans bought the B200.
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Old 5th Apr 2013, 12:47
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EGGW,

The tech instructor you were thinking of was the excellent Mike Burton. Mike Dyson was ex-RAF (as was MB), Dan Air, Rogers, Trent, CCAT, Air Wales then Oxford where he became CFI, HoT then CFI again and was working there at least up to last summer as a sim instructor. I believe he's working as a training consultant in the industry at the moment.
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