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MIKE PEARSON
« on: February 08, 2013, 01:55:10 PM »
I have heard very sad news that AEO Mike Pearson passed away yesterday. He was a true gentleman and a legend. We spent many happy Sunday afternoons with Mike in the hangar at Bruntingthorpe whilst doing tours of 558 and Mike talking to the public in the nose section. RIP Mike.  :(
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Re: MIKE PEARSON
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2013, 02:51:53 PM »
Mike was a lovely chap, he spent many w/e with us and looked after my laptop for me! - He was also instrumental in the V Force reunions at Newark.

I'm devastated he's gone even tho' I knew he wasn't well.

Miss you Mike
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Re: MIKE PEARSON
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2013, 03:06:02 PM »
RIP Mike I will miss you.
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Re: MIKE PEARSON
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2013, 04:59:40 PM »
Mike was a lovely man and a true gent.

I first met Mike when at Brunty for one of the early '558 test flights in 2008. I was introduced to him in the corridor outside the offices upstairs where he looked me up and down and threw an immaculate salute, which rather puzzled me. He then pointed to the sweat shirt I was wearing which was from the RAF collection and had 'wings' sewn into it. I had to explain that I was no pilot and just a temporary volunteer 'erk'.
We had a laugh and got on very well after that.
Like many people, both Kate and I will miss him.
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Re: MIKE PEARSON
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2013, 06:41:28 PM »
Mike was one of that group of very special people I am proud tohave been able to call him my friend. As Sarah said he was one of natures gentlemen but with that aircrew wicked twinkle in the eye and the compulsion to flirt with every female in sight. We also shared some " wicked "  memories of Gloucestershire from his years at Walls Icecream factory . RIP Mike I'll miss you  :cry:
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2013, 12:24:36 AM »
I knew the man, I knew a true friend... He was the first volunteer I recruited when, in 2006, I was tasked with opening Bruntingthorpe Hangar to the general public, on Sundays... and he was there every week, with me until the aircraft flew away in 2009.... the best three years of our lives... He always told me that by inviting him into the project, I gave him a new lease of life..... made him feel truely alive again with something worthwhile to do with himself .....

Sarah dubbed him ...

"Our Cold War Icon"..... I actually think, secretly, he was tickled pink with this title...

Mike you were a very special person to me and I will miss our chats... and I will miss you... terribly... bye for now..  RIP.....Denis..
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Re: MIKE PEARSON
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2013, 12:44:40 PM »
Very sad news. Mike was one of the first people I met when visiting the hangar in Feb 2008, and his enthusiasm was obvious. The pleasure he took in showing us around the cockpit section at Brunty, and the stories he told, converted my wife from tolerance of my 'obsession' to fully supporting 558. A true gentleman.
 
Blue skies Mike.
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Re: MIKE PEARSON
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2013, 04:55:06 PM »
RIP Mike
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Re: MIKE PEARSON
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2013, 09:18:43 PM »
RIP Mike. Will aways remember you in the hanger with us on Sundays. You will be missed.
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« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2013, 03:35:29 PM »
Here are Mikes funeral arrangements in case anyone would like to attend.....

The funeral will be at 12noon on Thursday 28th February at the West Herts Crematorium, Garston near Watford. Postcode is WD25 0JS; the crematorium is on the A405 North Orbital close to Junction 6 of the M1.

If anyone wishes to make a donation, please would you send it to:

Sherlock & Sons Funeral Directors
Trellis House,
190 South Street
Dorking,
Surrey
RH4 2ES

Tony has told me that Mike wished donations to come to the Vulcan to the Sky Trust.
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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2013, 08:03:20 PM »
Hi All
Just back from Mikes funeral... it was thought by one or two people that you may be interested in My Tribute to Mike?
Here goes...hope its not too mushy..

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I first met Mike in the mid-late 1990s. we had an Open Day at Bruntingthorpe Airfield and the Vulcan XH558 was due to do a fast taxi run, but the AEO was delayed and the pilot was not happy to take me, as a non RAF trained, volunteer in his place, so like a dancer plucked from the chorus line to replace the leading lady when she falls ill,

Mike was pulled from the crowd.

The pilot agreed to take him and I took Mike into the cockpit…. He stopped dead and said OH-OH..  it’s changed a lot since I last flew in her..  not sure I can do this…. Just then the AEO turned up and took over the run, but Mike stayed in the aircraft and I got kicked out.

Mike and I became firm friends and he used to come to Bruntingthorpe on Sundays to help us volunteers look after our Vulcan and his specialist knowledge was invaluable, he pulled me out of a hole or two when I had an electrical problem on the aircraft. One day when he was up with us, he met  up with Sqn Ldr Peter Thomas, one of his first aircraft captains in Vulcans, also was one of our volunteers, who he hadn’t seen in many years.

From 2003 Vulcan display pilot Sqn Ldr David Thomas and I ran a scheme called Vulcan Visitor Access Scheme, David would do the presentations,  Mike and I would act as sheep dogs. In later years when I was doing the presentations, Mike was always on hand to bolster my ever failing confidence. It always amazed me how many famous names in the Vulcan world that came, men I had only read about, who had flown these aircraft, would come and listen to the twitterings of a mere Anorak like myself and how many Mike knew as personal friends.

When I was tasked in September 2006 to open the hangar at Bruntingthorpe to the general public… the first person I thought of was Mike.

He told me many times in the following 3yrs, that I had not only saved his life but I had given him a completely new lease of life when I had invited him to help me with the Vulcan Hangar Access project.

Through rain, sleet, snow and sunshine, Mike was there every Sunday, he became my right hand man, my rock and one of the best friends I have ever had.

Together we forged our happy little band of Hangar Rats into a successful access team, so good were we, that we raised nearly £50,000 in the first year in donations.

 To a large extent this was down to Mikes fantastic story telling…..plus a wicked sense of humour, that “ Aircrew twinkle” in his eye  and a special skill of outrageously flirting  with every female that appeared on his radar… he converted many a…….

“Wife, girl friend and mother” who had been dragged along to look at the aeroplane,

…..into avid, in some cases rabid  “Vulcan Supporters”

Mike  you were a diamond …I miss you terribly

Denis Parker… Ex- VTSTT Visitor Access Manager

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Re: MIKE PEARSON
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2013, 08:07:25 PM »
That's just perfect Denis. It says it all.
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Re: MIKE PEARSON
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2013, 08:29:23 PM »
Thank you Denis, a fitting tribute to one of the worlds true gentlemen.
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Re: MIKE PEARSON
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2013, 08:33:43 PM »
That's nice, so was Mike.
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Re: MIKE PEARSON
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2013, 10:06:54 PM »
Quote from: "Zero One"
he converted many a…….
“Wife, girl friend and mother” who had been dragged along to look at the aeroplane,
…..into avid, in some cases rabid  “Vulcan Supporters”

I can vouch for that! Nice one Denis, and farewell Mike.
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