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Christopher Orlebar

Old 27th Feb 2018, 07:55
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Christopher Orlebar

I, today, learnt that Christopher recently passed away.

I am sure many ppruners have probably read his book about Concorde.
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Old 27th Feb 2018, 12:37
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Sad news. I had the pleasure of a jump seat ride on the 732 to FAO when he was the skipper. Absolute gentleman. Naturally he sold me and signed a copy of his book! RIP
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Old 27th Feb 2018, 12:59
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Very sad news. I met him at Farnborough many years ago and he kindly signed a copy of his book for my son, which he still treasures 35 years later.
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Old 27th Feb 2018, 16:01
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Chris was also the Grandson of Squadron Leader Orlebar of Schneider Trophy fame.
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Old 27th Feb 2018, 16:37
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Yes, he was related, but I am not sure he was the grandson.

I always understood the gentleman concerned had an uncle/great uncle relationship.

I stand to be corrected.

We were in Southampton UAS together and later BOAC/BA.
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Old 27th Feb 2018, 17:54
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RIP Christopher... I met him at the annual Concorde dinner last year and I was delighted to meet him... He sold and signed a concorde book for me there and then. What a man...what a career... RIP....
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Old 27th Feb 2018, 19:28
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I stand corrected.
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Old 27th Feb 2018, 22:00
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Very nice man.

I only had the pleasure of one short trip with him. A Jersey and back.

As an F/O I'm pleased to say that I didn't need to bother with the P.A. to Pax as Chris dealt with it, including enthralling tales of Concorde!

Very sorry to hear of his passing and am glad to have met him one last time at the RAF Club dinner.


Kind regards
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Old 28th Feb 2018, 11:39
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Exeng , concur that Chris was a true Gentleman .
Posted down to LGW from LHR . Rostered with Chris ..... Mmmm .
BOAC , Concorde , related to Schneider Trophy , well spoken .. thus I a bit nervous .
How wrong was I , made to feel at home straight away . And when 't 'gurls needed more copies of his book to go on duty free trolley , with purchasers assured of a cockpit visit and signature .
Made my day , 'tho i never had the guts to tell him that my dad had bought the book knocked down to tuppence halfpenny in his village Post Office .

Blue skies and fairwinds Chris .

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Old 28th Feb 2018, 19:31
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Flew as pax on a 737 where he was Captain. We were second in line to take off behind Concorde and we were treated to a comprehensive explanation of what was happening aboard Concorde to get it into the air. He later told us that we were cruising “as high as a 737 can go”. Never forgotten it. RIP.
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Old 2nd Mar 2018, 09:21
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I only met him twice, but I'll treasure that memory. RIP.
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Old 2nd Mar 2018, 11:20
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I flew with him many times when he was flying the 737 on European routes. His commentaries were always informative and amusing, particularly when delivered in his English interspersed with his version of French.

I wrote to him to say how much I enjoyed being SLF when he was captain and had a nice letter in return - I did buy the book as well!!!!

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Old 2nd Mar 2018, 13:55
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You wouldn't dare not to buy his book!
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Old 2nd Mar 2018, 21:16
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He deserved better fortune. Concorde fans could hardly be unaware of Chris, but - having been in a different airline - I only met him twice. Last August, when he persuaded me to buy the latest edition of his super book at the Wings and Wheels event at Dunsfold, he looked reasonably well in the circumstances and was still driving, I think.

First time was in that very Brooklands cockpit that Jhieminga's photograph records above. At the time I hadn't realised we had the VC10 in common.
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Old 9th Mar 2018, 09:14
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Full Obituary in yesterday's Times.

Christopher Orlebar, pilot and author, was born on February 4, 1945. He died from the effects of Parkinson’s disease on February 24, 2018, aged 73

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/r...uary-z8jslqq2c
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Old 9th Mar 2018, 09:26
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A lecture given by him on Concorde.

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Old 9th Mar 2018, 12:14
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Roving.

Is it today's Times (9/3) or yesterday's?

I will ask my son to send me whichever.

Alan
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Old 9th Mar 2018, 17:50
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Itís in todayís Times (09/03).
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Old 9th Mar 2018, 17:54
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Thanks.

The online article was dated yesterday - hence my confusion.
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Old 10th Mar 2018, 09:21
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Apologies for not returning yesterday to address any confusion I may have sown as to which printed edition of the Times the Obituary appeared in.

As commented above I took the date of the Obituary as reflecting the edition, but I accept that in fact it ONLY appeared in yesterday's printed edition.
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