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Sywell - 1970's.

Old 23rd May 2011, 12:37
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I bought G-AGVG in about 1972 from Sywell sight unseen and flew it back to Inverness with minimal tail wheel experience. I explored the full width of every runway I landed at on the way back! It did have a wireless apparatus then, but pretty basic. I had a lot of fun in it for 2 years, then it went to Paul airfield near Hull where it was blown over. It then hung in Ron's hangar at Leicester for years before being rebuilt with I think a 0-360. It is still around. For an Auster it was pleasant to fly, and ecomomical with the 100hp Cirrus Minor.
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Old 23rd May 2011, 12:48
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Amazingly I have put my hands on my original log book (my wife will comment that it has to be something related to flying, because I can seldom find anything else), which shows Austers at Sywell in 1961 were IBR, MTM, JDW and JRB. I see that I soloed in IBR on 22 July 1961 after 6hr 15 mins dual.

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Old 24th May 2011, 10:50
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Ah, G-AJRB! I was lucky enough to be one of only two of the instructors who flew the sole Auster left in '73 - I was brought up on tailwheel aircraft and to this time, when away from my day to day Boeing, I still fly with the third wheel in the correct place.

We refused to call RB "Romeo Bravo" - we called it "George Able Jig Roger Baker" in deference to its age. I even did my instructor upgrade in it at Booker with the late, great WW "Dickie" Dougan.

And as this is "Where Are They Now?" I do indeed wonder where the early '70s NAC members are now - they were some of the must fun-loving folk I've come across. I hope life has treated them kindly.
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Old 25th May 2011, 16:43
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I was an instructor at NAC Sywell from 1970 to 1972 Les Hilditch was CFI then Paul Smith took over, wonderful days. I am still in contact with Stuart Luck who joined at the same time. We had Auster J1 RB and TM as well as beagle pups Cessna 172 and Brooklands aviation the holding company had a twin Apache.
Mr Ashburner was the famous old ATC there who was known for his very firer'y
temperament. He once changed the landing tee round while I was taxing out in RB (none radio) drove his land rover straight in front of the aircraft and poked his shot gun at me and balled me out for not noticing. Next day invited up the tower for a cup of tea while he played his guitar. I would love to hear from any of the old students from those days.
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Old 25th May 2011, 19:56
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Remember my PPL training at Sywell 1979/80 with Ian Underwood,Steve Greenaway and Pates and Hay on Robin 200/100 G-BDJN and G-BCCP. Spinning on the Pup G-BASP. Final flight test with CFI Paul Smith whats he up to these days ?
Did not waste my PPL bought a house in 1982 and carried on as an ATC gliding instructor on Ventures . Finished with 2,200 hours under my belt instructing gliding for 23 years.
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Old 25th May 2011, 20:36
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Final flight test with CFI Paul Smith whats he up to these days ?
Paul retired and went to live in Cornwall. Unfortunatly he died a few years ago. I married his youngest daughter and still keep the flying tradition going.
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Old 26th May 2011, 10:04
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Hello Roger. Remember Hopping Hill and "painting???" Good days.
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Old 26th May 2011, 10:24
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Roger, your father in law Paul Smith used to fly at Tollerton, near Nottingham, with Sherwood Flying Club, think he might have learned there.

My dad, Hector, who was a veteran instructor who passed away in 1995 knew him - happy days!

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Old 26th May 2011, 10:32
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Roger, your dad Paul Smith
Not quite, he was my father in law.

Hopping Hill, painting, must be rude!
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Old 27th May 2011, 12:34
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rogerg I've sent you a PM

Brgds
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Old 11th Jan 2021, 19:41
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Just came across this when searching for Mr Ashburner who took me for my first light aircraft flight. Bolkow Junior which had just been delivered to Shackleton Aviation, summer of 1970 I think. As for the red Pitts I have a photo of one emblazoned with Smitty but the registration is not clear. I've also got photos of G-BCCP and G-BDJN. Happy days.
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Smitty Pitts was Philip Meeson's G-BBOH inbetween sponsorship by Jaeger and Marlborough...
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Old 12th Jan 2021, 16:30
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Thanks for the ident on the Pitts. Have just found a photo of the Rothmans Pitts G-SOLO taken at Sywell.
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Old 12th Jan 2021, 21:59
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Prior to '82 when he died in a helicopter accident, G-SOLO was flown by Dave Perrin.
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Nothing to do with the foregoing, but I had to put down at Sywell in the early '70s after mechanical problem with a Twin Com - later model with contra props and quite a nice a/c - and remember the gents which had the usual deodorising smelly blocks in evidence. On the wall above the trough, some wag had written "Ah! Pineapple cubes - my favourite!" and under which another had scrawled "You should see the gammon steaks!". Can't think why, but almost half a century later, I still remember this.

Also remember a 40' container which was said to contain Tiger Moths brought back from India. I wonder what happened to them?
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Old 19th Jan 2021, 06:02
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There were a load of Ex Indian Tiger Moth components held by the owner of Shipdham Airfield in the late 70's
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Old 21st Jan 2021, 00:12
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Originally Posted by Haraka View Post
There were a load of Ex Indian Tiger Moth components held by the owner of Shipdham Airfield in the late 70's
Well, I suppose it could have been later '70s - I've lost my logs, but it definitely was Sywell. Never been to Shipdham.
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Old 22nd Jan 2021, 09:15
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Originally Posted by netsurfa9 View Post
I was an instructor at NAC Sywell from 1970 to 1972 Les Hilditch was CFI then Paul Smith took over, wonderful days. I am still in contact with Stuart Luck who joined at the same time. We had Auster J1 RB and TM as well as beagle pups Cessna 172 and Brooklands aviation the holding company had a twin Apache.
Mr Ashburner was the famous old ATC there who was known for his very firer'y
temperament. He once changed the landing tee round while I was taxing out in RB (none radio) drove his land rover straight in front of the aircraft and poked his shot gun at me and balled me out for not noticing. Next day invited up the tower for a cup of tea while he played his guitar. I would love to hear from any of the old students from those days.
I was a schoolboy student at Sywell in 1972 courtesy of the Charles Newton Flying Scholarship which gifted me my first 15 hours. I worked at Wicksteed Park at the weekends to help finance the other 20 hours for my PPL, it was 8.50 an hour in those days!

My instructors were Lloyd Poulton, Stuart Luck and Paul Smith with occasional trips with JC Best and H Britten. I managed to get onto page three of the Evening Telegraph when I went solo on my 17th Birthday after 5 hours dual :-)
Having got my PPL I joined the RAF as a pilot in 1973 and flew with them until 2010 when I retired.
Nowadays I teach AAR in the Voyager Simulator and am an ATPL TKI. I haven't flown a piston engined aircraft since 27/9/73 when I did 50 mins 'LFP' out of Sywell in G-AVZP, it's been all jets with one, two, three or four engines since then!

It's scary to think how little I knew about flying while I was taking my parents and friends flying in those days! I can still remember having a one sided conversation with Paul Smith when I was reported for doing PFL's over my school during a 6th form rugby match!

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