Thank you all for your kind wishes, It really has been a blast.
In 2009 I joined the team as a temporary contractor to help out with the first winter service at Bruntingthorpe. In 2017 the contract ended - I may well have set a new world record!
I have had a great time, I turned my hobby (I have been a club member since 2006/7) into my job, I met some great people and made some friendships that I will always treasure, and all the while I have had the noisiest bestest toy in the box to play with
When we left 558 and 163 in hangar 0ne I was in tears (not helped by the manner of passing but that's another tale) I feel we have let both down especially 163 as she has not been given a chance to tell what is a fantastic story. I also had to put the Ranger "build a plane project" to bed and that really hurt as it meant I let the students and cadets who were the future and basis of the "Etna project" down very badly.
All good things come to an end. Most of the last month has been spent pinging my cv around the ether and if it was not for 558 I would not have had a lot of the contacts to send it to. This week some of the threads have come together and it looks like I may well be keeping busy doing what I want to do - looking after old aeroplanes and putting them back where they belong (in the air and not hidden in a dusty shed or at the back of an airfield rotting away) When you hear what I've been upto I hope you will all smile and say "we helped him do that!"
Don't be good, keep smiling and look out for the little bloke with the big tash!