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Derek Piggott MBE

Old 6th Jan 2019, 17:22
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Derek Piggott MBE

It is my sad duty to tell you that one of our UK (and Lasham) gliding legends has passed away. Derek Piggott MBE enjoyed a very full and happy life for 96 years and passed away this afternoon with Maria at his side, in the Princess Alice Hospice having suffered a severe stroke on the 15th December. Up until then, he was fiercely independent, still drove and visited (and flew) recently here at Lasham. Many of you will have known him personally and all will know his reputation as a fantastic glider pilot, instructor and aviation writer. He had flown over 5,000 hours on over 150 types of powered aircraft, and another 5,000 in more than 180 different gliders. Included in those flights were several stunts for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines and Von Richthofen and Brown (The Red Baron). He was CFI here at various times between 1953 and 1989, and set various national records including the single seat altitude record of over 25,000' in an active thunderstorm in a Slingsby Sklark; and completed a Nationals 505Km task in a Fedorov Me7 Mechta glider at the age of 81.
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Old 6th Jan 2019, 20:14
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Very sorry to hear the news, I reread Delta Papa fairly frequently and used to enjoy his Astir displays at the Tiger Club shows. A full life very well lived...
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Old 6th Jan 2019, 20:25
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I landed at Lasham this very same afternoon and will raise a glass to Derek this same evening.
Wishing you clear skies and good thermals Derek. (y)
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 14:50
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Sad news. I was fortunate to have Derek as one of my gliding instructors from pre-solo to cross country pilot. He was a brilliant instructor and a thoroughly nice person. I was also fortunate to hear him speak a number of times about his career in aviation, what an amazing life he has had. Thank you and God bless.
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Old 14th Jan 2019, 08:44
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Wonderful bloke and great to hear that he had such a long innings!

I did a gliding instructors course at Lasham circa 1980 with another wonderful chap called John Williamson and Derek Piggot gave his famous lecture on the effects of negative G on pilots. I can remember it to this day.

RIP another legend,
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 21:03
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Thank you Wrecker - have only just now seen this. A great man, terrific raconteur, superb pilot and someone who had time for us all, no matter how lowly in comparison to him. Sorry to hear of his death.
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