Came across the site today by accident when looking for a picture of G-BLTU to be used as my avtar on www.fightercontrol.co.uk. I was a member of the club in the late 80s and did my first solo on TU. Would like permission to download a picture of G-BLTU. Is Gordon Parkin still with us.
Please take a look at the Museum's websites to find more about the history of RAF Laarbruch. www.laarbruch-museum.net or www.laarbruch-museum.de or even better: visit the museum in the former church St. Peter's next to the ASTRA.
I was delighted to come across this site by chance. I was then a flight commander on 16 Sqn Buccs, and a QFI at the club. Your site is short of info on this period, which saw an energetic OIC, Sqn Ldr Ted Wood (Sqn Ldr Ops) move the HQ to a new site near the tower with a super bar and dining facility. He also introduced the Cessnas, and we had a lovely Piper Cub G-AYPT. Social life was great, and I met my wife Rosemary having taught her to fly. I would be happy to write more to fill in this period of happiness and success for the club.
Great memories of fly-ins to the base during May '92 and again in May '93. In with a Cessna 150 and the second trip in a Piper Warrior. Stayed in vacant officers accommodation the first time, (make yourself comfortable but DO NOT USE THE COOKER!!). Excellent hospitality and very cheap beer at 1 mark a bottle. Lots of flying fun especially trying to dodge the professionals as they attempted to spot tail numbers, one of the RAF pilots almost pulling the wings off a C172 whilst ambushing us. Fly-outs to other fields including the strip on top of the hill at Koblenz. Cross country navigation test, (fly at 1500' and turn left at the post box) I still have my two commemorative mugs, medal for the longest journey and certificate signed by Gerry Mulligan. Great times.
How amazing to find this site when looking for old photos of RAF Laarbruch! When we were based in Laarbruch (1968-71), my father (F/Sgt McCartney) promised me and my brother a flight in an aeroplane with the flying club. Not sure if it was 1969 or 1970 but on the day of the flight I was ill so only my brother got to fly. But, two weeks later, it was my turn and when we arrived - what luck - I was given the opportunity of going up in a Tiger Moth from RAF Cranwell (there were two so maybe this was Easter 1969 and I was 10?). After some persuading by my Father I took the flight (but declined the offer of acrobatics by the pilot!). Very memorable day for me and just so surprised to find something about the visit of the Tiger Moths to Laarbruch. Thank you!
Happened to see Auster G-AREI on the net and investigated. I flew with Two Rivers, RAF Laarbruch as an assistant instructor 1968-70(Barry Knowles CFI). Also flew Auster G-AREI at the flying club with S/L Phillips as my instructor. Had a great time at both clubs prior to returning to UK for aircrew.
I enjoyed visiting your site today. It is nicely laid out and gives a thorough story of the flying club. The pictures brought back memories of the weekends I spent at RAF Laarbruch on the North side of the runway with the gliding club.
I was hoping I might find some information on two of my instructors during that time. One was John Sullivan, the CFI at the time, the other Vince Mallon, a Scottish fellow that also owned a motor glider. If anyone remembers them, I would appreciate it if you could pass along my email address to them or put me in touch with them.
Hi LFC Just found the site while browsing I was a member 82~85 based then at Bruggen. Got my PPL in 1984, with Charlie McGee and Al Lukes under the guidance and instruction of Tim Stores. I know what Charlie is up to, how about Al and Tim I am currently in QA (Feb 2013) at Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Hope you are all well