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Vale Mal Rose

Old 13th Sep 2021, 14:35
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Vale Mal Rose

It is a long time since he left CX but for those of you who flew with him or had a cold beer on a hot day with him, Flight Engineer Mal Rose died on 12th September.

A great character of the airline, in the days when the airline was full of colourful characters, he stood out. If you saw his name on your roster you knew it was going to be a good flight both professionally and socially.

If any of you are in the area and wish and are Covid-able to travel, the details are below.

Innes Garden Memorial Park Crematorium, Philip Charley Dr, Port Macquarie NSW at 11.30am on Friday 17th September 2021 with a wake to be held at Port Macquarie Panthers from 1pm.
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Old 13th Sep 2021, 15:53
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Do I recall a connection between Mal Rose and Ray Hanna's Commonwealth-built Mustang which was rebuilt in Hong Kong?
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Old 13th Sep 2021, 22:11
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Sad news. Mal was a great guy, a real character, quick wit and good operator. I always enjoyed bumping into him at the HK Aero Club for a chat.

Treadigraph, as far as I can recall the Mustang was originally acquired by a group 5 including Mal, Ray Hanna and 3 CX flight crew members. The lengthy restoration was directed entirely by Mal who ensured it was rebuilt to the highest standards with fully upgraded parts, wiring, plumbing etc. He had it painted in the colours of a Mustang equipped RAAF squadron. HK CAD would not allow it to be test flown in HK but Mal managed to get permission for a high-speed taxi down Kai Tak’s runway which he conducted and surprise, surprise got airborne for a short distance with a big grin on his face.

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Old 14th Sep 2021, 10:26
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Remember him well. Very nice guy. RIP.
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Old 14th Sep 2021, 14:36
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Thank you CV880.

As ever with these threads, the memories of those who knew the person make me wish I had... RIP.
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Old 18th Sep 2021, 08:21
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Mal always a convivial fellow partaker of cleansing ales after waking Mr Wong up in the earlier hours…..used to give me heaps about dirty pipe smoking habit.

The days when men were men , women were woman ,aviators were aviators and Kai Tak was a walk in the park…s’long Mal ….boy howdy , good days and memories!
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