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GoneToTheCanner
19th June 2012, 17:42
Hi all,
Every Donner will have known Jack, who passed recently aged 67. He was a civilian instructor in the Aptce school and Bolton Street tech, specialising in piston engines. He was a thorough gentleman, universally well-regarded inside and outside the Don. He was an enthusiast of all things aviation and was known even to have friends in high places in Nasa, Aer Lingus, the IAA and any other organisation connected with aviation in Ireland and beyond. He had been a Sergeant in Baldonnel, back in the heyday of the Chipmunk and was a fount of stories, anecdotes and knowledge.
rest in peace
GttC

Truck Driver
20th June 2012, 06:08
May he rest in peace

thedollar
24th June 2012, 09:59
May he rest in peace

GoneToTheCanner
24th June 2012, 21:22
Jack once produced three unusual items in class and asked us to guess what they were. Once was a section of a railway line. It turned out to be a piece of the railway line, a narrow-guage rail, used by the people who built Baldonnel in 1917 to carry materials across from Lucan. The next items were a scorched brake pad and a scorched tile, about the size of a Scotch Brite pad. "You'll never guess what they are and what they're off, huh-huh-huh! (he had a deep, dry laugh). Turned out to be a brake pad and a belly tile off the Shuttle. The first one. He had legendary contacts, including many of the early Astronauts. After that, we began to take him seriously.

regards
GttC