I've just found that Ashley Stevenson, the pilot of the Harrier who on the video of the show was explained to have ejected twice from Harriers in the past year, is still in the RAF and has led quite the career! Take a look at his Wikipedia page if you like: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_Stevenson
I've been on a real airshow research kick as of late, so it was a pleasant surprise! His story always stuck with me - Mum recorded the show off TV when I was a young'un and I pretty well wore it out from repeated viewings.
Ditto the Se5 - I had some little diecast biplane one Christmas that ended up on its nose once or thrice! ;-)
Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Nov 5, 2014 14:39:59 GMT 12
A group of us from Gisborne headed off to Auckland for the weekend for that airshow. We purchased Gold Passes and they had a complimentary bar which went with the gold passes, but we also carted a heap of beer from a boutique Gisborne brewery up there, then persuaded the caterers in the Gold Pass enclosure to store our beer in their chiller for us over the weekend and serve it up to us. They had hostesses distributing drinks from the bar, and the young ladies quickly got to know that we had our own unique beer supply in their chiller, so whenever they noticed we were getting low, they would stock up the supply at our table from our own personal stocks in the chiller. However, we did also avail ourselves of the caterer's beers supplies as well.
Anyway, a friend from Sydney popped over for the weekend. To attend the entire airshow, he had to play hookey from work for an afternoon (to fly over) and a day in order to attend all days of the airshow. He had a brunch meeting with a client the morning of his departure for Auckland, so he phoned his boss from Sydney Airport and told him he had got a bit tipsy at the meeting with the client, so he was going to knock off early, which his boss agreed to. The next morning, he phoned from Auckland and pulled a sickie, telling his boss he was sick-as-a-dog with the flu. His cunning plan was to catch the first flight back to Sydney the day after the airshow ended, which with the time difference would mean he could get to work on time and his boss would be none the wiser that he had pulled a fast one. Well that was the plan, but the weather gods brought him unstuck with his boss. You see, it pissed down in Sydney all weekend, whereas it was a gloriously fine weekend in Auckland and the result was that our friend got horribly sunburnt. He didn't think anything about it, but when he turned up at work in Sydney after that early morning flight across the ditch, his boss dragged up the fact that he was extremely sunburnt, even though it had pissed down in Sydney all weekend. SPRUNG!! We pissed ourselves laughing when we heard about it later.
It was a bloody good airshow, though, including the two oopses already mentioned in this thread.
Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Nov 25, 2014 9:26:12 GMT 12
The group of us who flew up from Gisborne made sure we were on a flight which got us to Auckland in time to check-in to our accommodation, then get down to the waterfront before the Beriev alighted. We actually told the taxi-van driver to wait while we checked in to the accommodation, then got him to drop us off near the Parnell Rose Gardens, from where we watched the alighting, and later takeoff.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!