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Captain Mike Nash

Old 6th Sep 2014, 16:37
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Captain Mike Nash

With immense sadness I report that Captain Mike Nash passed away this morning following a short stay in hospital and Nursing Home.

Mike started his RAF career on Meteor Night Fighters and finished on the C130 before joining Dan-Air on the Comet, B727 & HS748. He was Deputy Chief Pilot and Fleet Manager Dan-Air before moving to Channel Express as Flight Ops Director.

Mike was a universally admired, respected and popular member of the aviation community, always ready to extend the helping hand of friendship. He had a fabulous memory for names & faces and his pool of stories and jokes never ran dry.

He was a great Pilot and Manager and an absolute joy to fly with.

I will post the funeral details when they become known.
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Old 6th Sep 2014, 18:17
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Just heard. Great personal sadness mixed wth relief given Mike's condition over the past few months.

He was someone who made being in the RAF and Civil Aviation worth all the effort. For years we all knew him as the "late Mike Nash" on account of his less than impeccable time keeping!

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Old 6th Sep 2014, 18:22
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Mike did my first LHS check on the Herald in 1993, such a shame to hear of his passing, I hope that he didn't suffer to much.

RIP Mike.
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Old 7th Sep 2014, 09:52
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What sad news! He was sadly missed at the recent 48 Sqn bash; I heard there from Lou that Mike was unwell.

I remember him as one of the first pilot trappers on the Herc' - one of those examiners that crews didn't fear jumping on their aircraft.

In late 72/early 73 I spent 5 months attached to JATE when Mike was the senior pilot. What a fantastic boss he was and a pleasure to fly with. His 'polling' ability was superb, probably in my top 3 that I flew with in my short RAF career.

RIP Mike and keep telling those stories at the crew room in the sky!

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Old 7th Sep 2014, 12:04
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I am so sad that Mike has passed away, I flew with Mike a lot in Dan-Air days and had many great night stops with him He was a gent, a great Captain and a good friend . He was one of the best Management Captains that Dan-Air ever had. I will always remember him. God speed.
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Old 7th Sep 2014, 21:34
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Sad news indeed,

Only had a short time under his authority, for want of better words!
Real Gentleman, sadly missed.

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Old 7th Sep 2014, 22:07
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Very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. As Brian W said, one of the best trappers on the C130.

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Old 8th Sep 2014, 17:38
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It used to be a standing joke that "Mike Nash has just retired". I think he retired more often than anyone else I have ever met in aviation. Quite simply, Mike was a lovely bloke and he will be sadly missed by many of us.
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Old 9th Sep 2014, 16:39
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Mike Nash

I had the honour to know Mike we were on the board of the IPA and he was one of the nicest men I ever knew. MY deepest condolonces to all his family.
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Old 9th Sep 2014, 19:17
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Mike gave me my first job on the Herald.
A true gent indeed, and will never forget the look on American tourist faces somewhere in Scotland when we had a bottle of Red wine with our bacon and eggs after a 5 sector night.
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Old 10th Sep 2014, 05:16
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I am deeply sorry to hear of Mike's passing, he was a fantastic bloke. He gave me a great deal of help with my career in the early days. I think he did the same for many people.

RIP Mike
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Old 10th Sep 2014, 16:37
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RIP Mike

Mike gave me my first commercial job on the Herald with Channex, told me to bang on his window every monday morning, I did so for about 3 Months, each time he was on the phone and would wave and shake his head, one day he stuck up his thumb and shouted "be here Thursday morning".
Cheers Mike
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Old 13th Sep 2014, 18:18
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I would agree with the sentiments written above, I had great respect for Mike , he was a voice of common sense and reason in Channex that was sometimes very badly needed.

I am very saddened by the passing of this much respected aviator and offer my sympathy to his family.
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Old 13th Sep 2014, 20:28
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Mike Nash

What can one say that has not already been said. I enjoyed flying with Mike at Dan Air, especially in Berlin. Night stops with Mike were something to be remembered. He was one of the most genuine people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and to listen to him regaling 'Jethro' the west country comedian always had everyone in stiches. He was a serious aviator and I learned so much about flying with this gentleman flyer.
God bless you Mike. Rest in Peace.
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Old 16th Sep 2014, 10:00
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Mike was my Fleet Manager in Dan-Air and did my final Line check as a new F/O on the Hs748.
Nothing could give you more confidence than seeing him smoking away chatting to the other F/O who was doing his observation sector, whilst I was trying to land into Jersey with the usual 30mph fog.
A great night in NCL afterwards ensued and after I had brought him copious amounts of Beer, as we staggered off to our rooms he told me I had passed.
Mike you were a true leader/gent and the best FM I've ever had.
God bless and RIP

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Old 16th Sep 2014, 15:00
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Mike Nash

Was Mike on 511 Britannias at Brize before the C130 and leaving the RAF? If it's the same man I agree with all the positive comments about him.
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Old 16th Sep 2014, 16:30
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Very sad to hear this; some 25 years ago I flew across to Paris on a Dan-Air 1-11, heading for the Air Show, with a mate who worked for DA... Mike was also a pax on the flight and happened to sit next to me in business class; as we chatted, he discovered I was hoping to blag my way in to the show on a trade day and he said "you'll find it much easier with this" handing me one of his business cards... For a day I was very probably the youngest 727 captain in Europe.

That was the only time I ever met Mike, but the other comments on this thread underline the impression he left me with: a very nice chap indeed.
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Old 16th Sep 2014, 19:41
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I could be wrong but I don't recall Mike mentioning time on the Brit'.

I touched base with him back in 2008, sadly at Dave Carter's funeral, and talked about his career.

Before starting his RAF Herc' career in I guess the summer of '67 he had done a tour with the USAF on the 130 - so including OCU this would probably have been '64-'67.His previous tour was as one of the Flt Lt posters at Upavon - allowing for a refresher course and leave etc before the US tour say '61-'64.

Before that he was a Hastings skipper on 48 at Changi, so '58/9-'61, which dovetails nicely with his tour, as a co I think, on Comet 2s with 216.

So I can't see a Brit' tour fitting in anywhere.

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Old 16th Sep 2014, 21:52
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I knew Mike Nash during his time as Ops Director at Channel Express, very sorry to hear the news.
Below is a Herald being flown by Mike following a maintenance check at Exeter.

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Old 18th Sep 2014, 17:55
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Now then, I have heard a rumour that Mike's funeral is to be held at the Crawley Crematorium (on the Balcombe Road) on 30 September at 1415. Can anyone who really knows the answer please confirm?
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