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Captain Jim Alexander

Old 20th Nov 2016, 16:50
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Captain Jim Alexander

Sad to report the death on Friday of my dear friend Jim. Ex RAF/British Air Ferries/TNT and Flybe. Great company and he will be missed by many people. Condolences to Joan and son Richard and the family.

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Old 20th Nov 2016, 20:41
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Very sorry to hear this I flew with Jim at BAF.A good aviator ,great to work and socialise with.Fly high Jim. Stampe
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Old 21st Nov 2016, 07:29
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Very sad news indeed. He was a larger than life character and an excellent shifter of aeroplanes. I have downed many a pint with Jim in various licensed premises across Europe and he was always good company. RIP old friend.
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Old 21st Nov 2016, 08:08
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Sad news,highly thought of.My condolences to the family.

Joe.(BAF viscounts)
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Old 21st Nov 2016, 09:51
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RIP Jim,I spent the most memorable times of my life in your company!Roll over a few up there for those of us still around!Good on yer Jim!
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Old 21st Nov 2016, 10:19
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I can only echo the fond memories and sad reflection of earlier posters. Jim and I go back a long way ranging from early days setting out in RAF NCO pilot training through to FlyBe. One of the best has gone ahead.
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Old 21st Nov 2016, 10:55
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Thanks for the kind thoughts chaps. When I know funeral arrangements I will post them.
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Old 21st Nov 2016, 12:55
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Sad to report the death on Friday of my dear friend Jim. Ex RAF/British Air Ferries/TNT and Flybe. Great company and he will be missed by many people. Condolences to Joan and son Richard and the family.

Jim also worked for Alidair in the early eighties.
R.I.P. Jim you will be missed.
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Old 21st Nov 2016, 14:47
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Great bloke and a true professional to work with at the other end of the headset. RIP Jim
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Old 21st Nov 2016, 14:53
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I'm probably breaking one of the fundamental privacy rules of PPRuNe here by hi-jacking this account (password variety was not one of my dad's strongpoints), but my mum and I would just like to thanks you all for the kind words written in this thread.
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Old 21st Nov 2016, 16:34
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Bit of a shock as only spoke to Jim a few weeks ago via E-Mail. RIP Jim you were one of the best and great fun to be with.
Great memories of "trucking" around the light house onto 33 at LSI, with Jim in the VC8. I was the trainer doing his annual line check, but hey in reality Jim was teaching me, as it was blowing a hooligan. He certainly could handle the Viscount.
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Old 21st Nov 2016, 16:49
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I'm a bit younger than some of you bunch posting here ,judging by the aircraft types but I had the great pleasure of flying with Jim on the 146 at Jersey European .He taught me one of the greatest lessons a young aviator could ever learn ....

Whilst the CPT may appear to be doing nothing or perhaps even reading the paper ,god forbid , he is missing nothing and that the time spent with said paper is one of the most valuable ingredients of a businesslike , relaxed , safe and professional day .

Richard , I'm sure i have a pic of Jim on the 146 with said paper , i will try and figure out how to post here .

RIP Jim , one of the good guys .
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Old 21st Nov 2016, 17:00
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I have to tell you my favourite story about Jimbo. As some of you might remember, he brought a Pitts back from the USA and rebuilt it beautifully. One afternoon, he got it into an inverted spin and it would not come out so over the side he went. The Pitts went into a copse on a farm and Jim landed quite safely not far away. He rolled up his parachute, found the farmer and apologised, rang the police and then rang the AAIB and told them that there was nothing wrong with the aeroplane at the point when he departed and no one had been hurt.

He got a taxi home, had a few hours kip and came to work.

The Press got to hear about the crash, found out who Jim worked for and contacted our UK Headquarters asking to speak to the pilot. Well, they had no idea so they called Ops and asked where he was. "He's in Geneva and he is probably asleep so I suggest you leave him alone!"

Jim couldn't see what all the fuss was about. He had an escape plan and it worked as planned. It was a shame about the aeroplane but that was no reason not to go to work.

How things have changed.
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Old 22nd Nov 2016, 10:55
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Thanks for disclosing your Dad's PPRuNe 'handle'. I looked up some of his posts
over the years which I found interesting; such as his flying in New Zealand.
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Old 23rd Nov 2016, 16:12
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Sad News indeed.

I have fond memories of Jim from my days working out of Aberdeen in the late seventies. It's always sad to read of the loss of someone you started your flying career alongside.

Dave BB.
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Old 24th Nov 2016, 16:49
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I have just heard that Jim's funeral will take place at Lichfield Crematorium, Fradley Lane, Fradley, Lichfield WS13 8GA on Thursday 1 December at 1430. Afterwards at Darnford Golf Club.
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Old 26th Nov 2016, 10:55
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Jim Alexander

Aviator. One of the very best, in the air or on the ground. RIP Jim.
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Old 1st Feb 2019, 15:09
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A very belated RIP to my old pal Jim, we were at Kinloss together in the late '60's. Jim was one of the best, and old school, I last saw Jim and Joan at the dedication of the Coastal Command Memorial at the National Arboretum.
PLE reached Jim.
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 18:28
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Like Shackeng, a very belated RIP from me to Jim. Sad to hear of his passing. A fine pilot and enthusiastic restorer of aircraft. It is directly because of Jim that I ended up owning a Stampe - the one he restored and flew from Insch!
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