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Old 18th Oct 2018, 10:29
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It is with regret that I have to inform you that Bob Thursby passed away on Tuesday 16 Oct. Bob and I first met both on joining the Glamorgan flying club in 1957,both eventually sponsered by Cambrian Airways at AST Perth Both followed same path DC3 Viscount BAC1-11 Both posted to Bhx, Bob gained his Command on the 748 and speaking with him in retirement land this was his happiest part of commercial flying When we both retired we met up weekly to take ale ,it soon became clear his true love was light aeroplane flying RIP true friend

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Old 18th Oct 2018, 11:41
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R.I.P Bob, well loved and will sadly be missed. Loved his aviation from commercial flying , ballooning and light aircraft .
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Old 18th Oct 2018, 12:05
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RIP Bob , a fantastic character with a very dry sense of humour.Always enjoyed listening to his stories at the flying club in Rhoose.
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Old 18th Oct 2018, 14:06
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RIP Bob , a fantastic character with a very dry sense of humour.Always enjoyed listening to his stories at the flying club in Rhoose.
Sad news, CS Man. I also remember Bob's self-effacing, dry humour on the ground at Scone in 1966, and on the one occasion I safety-piloted for him he was no different in the cockpit. Not sure how to inform all his fellow Cambrian cadets?

Had he been ill?

A.S.T. Perth (Scone) 1966

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Old 18th Oct 2018, 19:13
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Hello Chris Bob had trouble walking for a number of months,but he would not give in to any aids frame or trolly, not for Bob but he never lost his humour info on Cambrian Facebook

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Old 19th Oct 2018, 09:16
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I remember being told an amusing story of how he damaged his legs, it is not for me to repeat it here.

A thoroughly nice chap.
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Old 19th Oct 2018, 23:46
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RIP Bob, thanks for autographing my log book after UA exercises at night with partial panel, these and many other lifesaving demonstrations are etched in my memory. Along with Cliff Hubbard you were invaluable to flying safely.
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Old 20th Oct 2018, 12:16
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RIP Bob,

It must be some 25 years since listening to your most wonderful dry humour in the flying club and exchanging waves as you would drive around Barry in your Morgan, never to be forgotten, RIP Sir.
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Old 20th Oct 2018, 23:17
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Very sad news, CSman. It was good to have seen you and him in Cardiff in 2016. He was very frail even then. RIP Bob.
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Old 21st Oct 2018, 20:20
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Sad to see Bob go... he was a fantastic BAC1-11 pilot and mentor to us newbie copilots at BHX nearly 30 years ago. I quickly learnt not to try and match him pint for pint.....he wasn’t known as “thirsty Thursby” for nothing .....
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Old 27th Oct 2018, 12:35
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RIP

Very sad to read this news. Although I had not seen Bob since Cambrian days at Jersey airport (late 60's) I have fond memories of one of aviation's great character's.
Bob and I took our Instrument Rating test together at AST Perth. It was Bob's last go and we were both fortunate enough to have a true gentleman of an examiner known as "Last Ditch Picken". Celebrations in the Flying Club bar in those days involved downing a 4pint boot and which Bob relieved me from most of mine.
Few characters remain embedded in memory after a career in aviation, but Bob was surely one of the few.
Rest in peace Bob, it was a privilege to have known you.
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Old 29th Oct 2018, 00:07
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Originally Posted by Nicholaiovitch View Post
Very sad to read this news. Although I had not seen Bob since Cambrian days at Jersey airport (late 60's) I have fond memories of one of aviation's great character's.
Bob and I took our Instrument Rating test together at AST Perth. It was Bob's last go and we were both fortunate enough to have a true gentleman of an examiner known as "Last Ditch Picken". Celebrations in the Flying Club bar in those days involved downing a 4pint boot and which Bob relieved me from most of mine.
Few characters remain embedded in memory after a career in aviation, but Bob was surely one of the few.
Rest in peace Bob, it was a privilege to have known you.
From what I remember, fifty years on, Bob was one of the most modest and unpretentious people you would hope to meet - particularly in aviation.

Re your anecdote on your IR tests: a few months later, Joe (?) Picken was also the gent who passed my re-sit, Charlie (?) Spence having failed my go-around (or "overshoot", as we called it then) on a technicality.

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Old 29th Oct 2018, 12:22
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Sad news about Bob

Bob Thursby taught me to fly back in 1975 on the Airtourer (G-AWMI), i remember the yellow jacket he always seemed to wear, as an instructor he was always so cool and laid back, inspired by Bob i went on to become an airline pilot.

Bob will be greatly missed.
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Old 29th Oct 2018, 12:27
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Hi Nick,
Thanks for your PM. Tried to reply but - curiously - the system says your inbox is full.
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Old 29th Oct 2018, 14:02
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Hi Nick,
Thanks for your PM. Tried to reply but - curiously - the system says your inbox is full.
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Still learning the ropes on this Forum....only one message allowed in storage so have sent that to the bin and hopefully it may work now.

Bob and I flew OK (Cessna 310) on that day for our Instrument rating and a few years ago I returned to Scone to have a look. The Club gave me a photo of OK and I will try and find it in the attic and put it on your AST thread. So many memories!
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You can’t use the Private Messaging system in or out, add url links or images until you have an established posting history.
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Old 13th Nov 2018, 19:59
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Very sad to learn of this news and a true Gentleman Bob certainly was. Had not seen him since propping up the bar in the days of Cardiff Wales Flying Club with the his numerous stories and he had such an inspiring immense and vast knowledge. Rest in peace Bob.
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