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Hugh Forrester Brown

Old 19th Apr 2017, 14:58
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Hugh Forrester Brown

I'm searching for relatives or friends of Hugh Forrester Brown, particularly his son. Hugh was a friend and fellow aviator who was killed in 1987 in a King Air crash in Rayleigh, England.

As far as I know, he learned to fly at Masterton, New Zealand, probably in the late 70s/early 80s. He became a crop sprayer and flew in Africa as one. I'm afraid I don't know much more.

I've written a book, in memory of Hugh, and would very much like his son, aged around 10 at the time of his fathers passing, to have a copy.

Can anyone help?
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Old 20th Apr 2017, 10:10
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As much as you are looking for a needle in the haystack, try putting a $1 reserve auction on trademe.co.nz, with specific details. the traffic they have in nz should generate some response through the questions function. I think masterhole has that new fandangled internet thingy now to take their mind off farm animals
It's admirable you have written a book and are trying to establish contact
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Old 20th Apr 2017, 10:39
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Thanks for the idea, I might try that if nothing further comes from present endeavours.

I have had some more info from someone seeing this post on PPRuNe, I have a contact in NZ too, and on his advice have joined a few Facebook groups that he knew of, I have had some joy there too.
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Old 21st Apr 2017, 08:53
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I know the OP is aware of the thread in the link below as he posted in it, but I include it just to update the fact that the memorial plaque stated then as having been moved onto a fence is now back in its original position attached to the wall of the former garage. With a wall mounted basket of flowers beneath.

http://www.pprune.org/biz-jets-ag-fl...ml#post7410445
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Old 22nd Apr 2017, 10:56
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Hello Mr Woolley,
I was asked to make that flight,on my very last day with the company,as a substitute for Hugh.Apparently,they wanted to change his roster.
However,as Hugh was to bring my wife back,and I had arranged to meet them,with a van to collect some personal items,I turned down the request.....
I will make some more enquiries amongst my NZ colleagues and get back..
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Old 22nd Apr 2017, 12:05
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Hello Mr String,

I never knew any of that, thanks. As I was about to start my -200 conversion, I'm quite sure that I went along with Steve Hayman on the previous flight the night before, it was to Basle I think. I'm not totally sure if it was on WSJE, but I think it might have been.

I'd love to be able to find his son and get a book to him. Not much about Hugh in it, but the Chapter on National I'm sure would give him some insight into what his Dad did.

Thanks kindly
Steve
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Old 31st Mar 2019, 22:56
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Hugh Forrester Brown

Originally Posted by Stan Woolley View Post
I'm searching for relatives or friends of Hugh Forrester Brown, particularly his son. Hugh was a friend and fellow aviator who was killed in 1987 in a King Air crash in Rayleigh, England.

As far as I know, he learned to fly at Masterton, New Zealand, probably in the late 70s/early 80s. He became a crop sprayer and flew in Africa as one. I'm afraid I don't know much more.

I've written a book, in memory of Hugh, and would very much like his son, aged around 10 at the time of his fathers passing, to have a copy.

Can anyone help?
I worked with Hugh in London 1986/87. We were friends - he was a great chap. I would love to read your book about him.
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Old 1st Apr 2019, 11:00
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Originally Posted by e734c1fa42a367ca2390 View Post
I worked with Hugh in London 1986/87. We were friends - he was a great chap. I would love to read your book about him.
Gina Boreham
Thanks Gina.
Do you know much about him? I liked him and we hung out together but sadly didnít know him for long, a few short months. The book is called Whoíd Marry a Pilot?, by Stephen McKinnell itís available as an ebook on kindle, itís in memory of Hugh but thereís not much about him. Itís about me! Every pilots favourite topic! Iíd love to know more info if you have anything at all.
What kind of username is that? Do you work for the CIA?
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Old 10th Apr 2019, 23:55
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Hi Steve,
Nothing came of my search for relatives a few years back.Ill try again through some new contacts.
As you say,a great guy,a very sad loss.
If indeed it was a prop coming off,he saved my life,at the cost of his own!
Martin G.
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Old 22nd Jun 2020, 10:22
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Hugh Brown's Brother

Originally Posted by Stan Woolley View Post
I'm searching for relatives or friends of Hugh Forrester Brown, particularly his son. Hugh was a friend and fellow aviator who was killed in 1987 in a King Air crash in Rayleigh, England.

As far as I know, he learned to fly at Masterton, New Zealand, probably in the late 70s/early 80s. He became a crop sprayer and flew in Africa as one. I'm afraid I don't know much more.

I've written a book, in memory of Hugh, and would very much like his son, aged around 10 at the time of his fathers passing, to have a copy.

Can anyone help?
My name is Miles Stanton, although I was christened Miles Brown. I am Hugh's brother. I was living in London on 12 Sept, 1987 - so needless to say I was involved. I was last in Rayleigh around 2014 and was pleased to see the plaque is still there. I always try to head to Canewdon for a pint in Hugh's old local.

Hugh's son, Jarrod, was 5 when Hugh died. He is now a fine 38 year old living in Masterton, married to Nicole with three wonderful children. I see him often and was lucky enough to spend 2-3 days with him in Feb - before we'd heard of Covid and the world changed.

Is this string still active? Anything anyone would like to know about Hugh? I am not a pilot - but I can recall, when he put me into the right hand seat of his DC3 for a fertiliser run, his Labrador, Jasper, was very agitated as he would fly most days strapped into seat.

He is still very much missed by many people. When I was in Masterton in Feb people heard I was there and actively searched me out to talk about Hugh. It's been almost 33 years - he was 33 when he died.

In an interesting twist my oldest son, Richard, was born on 12 Sept 1997 - 10 years exactly to the day Hugh died.

Let me know how I can help with any information.

Miles
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Old 22nd Jun 2020, 18:34
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Miles,this is a very welcome contribution,and I know Stan Woolley will reply shortly.
Your brother was a great guy,and a fine pilot.
As I stated in an earlier post,I chatted with Hugh,the afternoon before the flight,on returning to Southend,from Bergamo,on my last flight for the company.
There had been a last minute request for me to make one further flight,which I turned down due previous plans..Hugh then made that flight for which he had originally been rostered,and we know the tragic outcome..

Does Jarrod carry any aviation interests?
I remember Hugh talking about top dressing with Fletchers,in NZ..What companies did he work for before joining National?
I have a very good friend,Stuart Goldspink,who sporadically flies out of Marsterton..Small World..
Many of the National pilots went on to fly for major carriers around the World.
Hugh would undoubtedly have been one of them..
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Old 22nd Jun 2020, 23:43
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I should say up front just how excited / pumped / complimented / (insert gushy adjective) that people still talk about my brother and want to know about him.

I am not a pilot... He was also 5 years older then me - which, when he was starting to fly at 22, was a big gap.

Hugh was a fertiliser loader driver - he drove the truck that filled the planes as a 17-18 year old. He was not gifted as a school boy (big understatement), but did have a good brain and was smart. He decided he could fly, and I think became licensed as a 22-23 year old - lets say 1976/77. He worked in Masterton for an ag fertiliser company called FieldAir. He flew Fletchers, but they also had a lumbering old DC3 that I was lucky enough one day to have a fly in with Hugh - a flat field with a v big vertical hill at one end. He aimed at that hill, and I honestly thought my days were up before at the last second he wildly banked the aircraft up and (it seemed to me) missed the hill by inches. I did not think a DC3 could perform like that. He flew a lot around the lower North Island and into the South Island for FieldAir.

I do recall he attended (I think) 3 funerals for FieldAir pilots his age - his great mates - who died in aircraft accidents. The country around Masterton was very hilly and demanded some good skill. He once pointed out an air strip on a hill he used - it must have been on a 45 degree angle.

He married Helen in 1978. In around 1980/81 they moved to the UK. He struggled for work there and ended up doing (I think) 3 x 6 month seasons in Sudan spraying crops near the Ethiopian border. Fletchers. He showed me a photo taken of him flying low over a canal dipping the wheels into the water to make great water spray effects. They had to fly so low to make the water spray look good that the bottom of the wings were green where the grass on the banks of the canal flicked against the wing.

He had a son in late 1982, and decided 6 month trips to the Sudan weren't for him anymore - his last season was 1983. I guess the risks associated with that life (he saw another couple of deaths in the Sudan) wore him down. I am not certain when he became rated in the KingAir and started work for National out of Southend-on-Sea, but he did try to find other things to do to earn money. Temping at the Stock Exchange in the City in a suit, for example. But he was a far too wilder a spirit for that. I am guessing he started with National around 1985.

When he died he'd almost finished his rating on 737s. He trained in Dallas in mid-1987. So I guess he was only weeks away from being certified to fly these and move into more stable flying, which he badly wanted to do.

His son, Jarrod, is not an aviator. I am not sure he had any interest, but perhaps I could also speculate that his mother and Hugh's wife, Helen, would have done a lot to discourage that direction. They both moved back to Masterton after the accident and never left.

Hope this is of interest.
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Old 23rd Jun 2020, 11:46
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Miles, as I remember,Hugh had joined National,Southend,in 1987.
He had not been long released to line when this happened. Again,if it's any concolation,I believe he had a technical problem that was not recoverable...
I flew alongside him as his passenger a few weeks before the accident,and was impressed with his level of operation..
Ex agricultural pilots are always the best handling pilots!!
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Hi Yaw String & Miles

Yay, success at last!!!

Great stuff. I’ve replied to Miles by email.

Steve xxx
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Old 27th Jun 2020, 08:25
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I knew Hugh well. My best mate for years. Learned to fly with him in the 70s. Last saw him London Sept 86, just before he headed to US to do his instrument rating. I saw a thread on this many years ago, made a comment, and Jarrod's fiancee PM'd asking for details but I never saw the PM until months later. Too late. Never got a reply. Any body who has contact details for Jarrod PM me and I'll track him down. I have a few yarns and a photo of him in Canewdon at 4yrs old.
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I’ve sent you an PM.

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Old 27th Jun 2020, 13:41
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Hi Steve, hope that you are well. Happy (!) memories of orange angst! BB
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Originally Posted by e734c1fa42a367ca2390 View Post
I worked with Hugh in London 1986/87. We were friends - he was a great chap. I would love to read your book about him.
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Gina, check PM's.
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