Mar 5, 2013 by Ian Homer. Posted to category: General
It was with regret we heard of the passing of Mike Pearson recently.
Picture courtesy of V-force reunion website
Mike was a core volunteer in the hangar at Bruntingthorpe during the restoration and was well known as a former Vulcan aircrew member and respected by many involved in the project. His funeral on Thursday last week was well attended, with many Vulcan friends in attendance, including representatives from both Club and Trust. Richard Clarke (ex Club Chairman) knew him well and has sent us these words:
The first time that I met Mike was when the return of the Vulcan to flying status was just beginning. I warmed to Mike immediately because he had a lovely infectious personality and an extremely dry sense of humour. Mike was an extremely knowledgeable man in many ways and his extensive knowledge of the Vulcan, and particularly the back seat operation, was almost second to none.
He had some incredible stories to tell about the Vulcan from the 60's and he made a major contribution to the Vulcan Visitor scheme and because of this, spent a lot of time in the darkness of the Vulcan cockpit in the hangar at Bruntingthorpe, which, as many of us will know, was normally bitterly cold and extremely inhospitable! This experience no doubt brought back many memories to him of the dangerous Cold War years and the vital role that he played alongside many colleagues in the V-force.
After the Vulcan had left Bruntingthorpe and the rest of the operation had decamped to Hinckley, I did not see Mike quite so often and we usually met up at the AGM of the Vulcan to the Sky Club, of which he was a long term and loyal member.
Mike, of course, was one of the driving forces behind the V-force Reunion events and he was always extremely helpful to me in making sure that the Trust or Club had a free stand at the event, which was invariably in a prominent position, and nothing was ever too much trouble. Indeed, whenever I asked Mike to help with anything there was always a positive response and a willingness to help - Mike was definitely a man who believed in the 'glass half full' theory.
One lasting memory for me of Mike at this event was in April of last year, when the Vulcan made a spectacular flypast over Newark Air Museum and the look in Mike's eyes said it all as he took in the splendid and emotional slight of the magnificent delta with the rest of us.
Mike was a real officer and gentleman and I viewed him as a valued friend, he will be sadly missed by a lot of people who knew him and enjoyed his company.
Floral tributes to Mike at the service held last week.