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Wg Cdr E C Rigg MBE AFC MRAeS

Old 19th Jan 2021, 11:46
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Wg Cdr E C Rigg MBE AFC MRAeS

Eddie died peacefully yesterday 18.01.21 aged 94. He joined the RAF in 1945 and after training at Cranwell, served on 3 Sqn (Tempest V and Vampire F.1) followed by 26 Sqn (Vampire FB.5). ETPS in 1953 and subsequently served on the staff of ETPS flying a multitude of aircraft including the Fairey Delta 2. Commanding Officer of 105 Sqn in Aden (Argosy) 1966-68. Retired 1976. There will be a private cremation followed, at some time in the future, a memorial get together in Wood Street village.
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Old 21st Jan 2021, 09:57
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Jock, I played golf with Eddie a couple of times at Minehead where he was a member. Lovely guy to talk to. He was especially glad when you were able to talk aviation to him instead of his illustrious sister.
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Old 22nd Jan 2021, 12:04
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You've got the wrong Rigg. Dianna Rigg was the sister of Hugh Rigg who was also an ETPS man. I don't think Eddie ever picked up a golf club in his life. His hobbies were sailing, gliding and car rallying.
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Old 22nd Jan 2021, 14:11
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Agree - you could be right.
Hugh certainly had the illustrious sister as she occasionally came into the Mess at LOO where he was instructing when I was a stude.
Complete with ponytail then, she was certainly some headturner Great shame she's no longer with us.
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Old 22nd Jan 2021, 16:45
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Eddie had three sisters; Alice, Hetty and Sybil - definitely no Dianna.
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Old 22nd Jan 2021, 20:35
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Regrettably, neither is Hugh. He left us a couple of years ago. Another great loss!
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Old 23rd Jan 2021, 11:47
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Thanks for correcting me Jock. Amazing, 2 ETPS Riggs!
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Old 23rd Jan 2021, 15:59
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Thanks, Bill.
Very sad to hear that. We didn't keep in touch; he was on his way to the Tripartite Harrier outfit when I last saw him. I actually only had occasion to fly with him once, as he was on Standards
We did play rugby for the Station team though and, at the time, he was a good mate. RIP.

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Old 27th Jan 2021, 11:51
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Jock, I've just found this - what sad news. I have such good memories of him from his time as OC 105, and always felt he was much more relaxed after the move to Muharraq where he had no longer to worry about also being OC MRT Wing. I remember being told by one of the Khormaksar Hunter Wing pilots that he had a good reputation there, something to do with work he'd done at Boscombe on inverted spinning with the Hunter. And he continued his academic approach in the Argosy - I think I did two Bahrain overflights with him when we flew the long leg as a cruise climb, logging IAS, altitude and temperature every 20 minutes or so ... just checking the ODM Vol 2. And what still gets me is that at ARDET Reunions, after the passage of years and having attained the same rank, I could only ever call him "Sir." An engaging man - RIP, Sir.
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Old 28th Jan 2021, 17:04
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Eddie's all time favourite aircraft was the Hawker Hunter. He told me in the pub one day that the designer, Sidney Camm, had got it absolutely right apart from the lack of an airbrake. He had not foreseen that pilots might need to slow down fast and did not want to spoil the lines of his beautiful design. Needless to say, an airbrake was subsequently fitted. As a result of some Hunters spinning-in, Eddie discovered that the inverted spin and the recovery therefrom was not taught at the OCU level. He undertook to go round the Hunter squadrons with a beefed-up 2-seat Hunter to teach this manoeuvre and the recovery. He did hundreds of inverted spinning sorties with squadron pilots and became a bit of a legend. Certainly, he was highly regarded by the Hunter pilots of 8, 43, 208 and 1417 Flt in Aden and Bahrain.
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