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CALL­ING all early mem­bers of the Bri­tish Para­chute Club.

‘ In 1956, the f i rst civil­ian para­chute club was founded and op­er­ated out of Fairoaks Aero­drome near Chob­ham, Surrey,’ writes Keith Fuller, 86, of Har­ro­gate, North Yorkshire.

‘My photo shows five pupil in­struc­tors, the chief in­struc­tor and his wife, the club sec­re­tary, in front of the former World War II para­chute pack­ing room.

‘The club was started by the cel­e­brated Ma­jor Ter­ence ‘Dumbo’ Wil­lans, a trail­blaz­ing parachutis­t and con­sul­tant for the GQ Para­chute Com­pany of Wok­ing. In the pic­ture are [left to right]: Ge­orge Bot­tomer, a GQ em­ployee; me, from Hast­ings, East Sus­sex; Peter Lang, from Kent; Bill and Mary Sykes, the chief in­struc­tor/ cl ub pi l ot and s ec­re­tary, from Dork­ing, Surrey; Mick Longth­orpe, from Abing­don, Ox­ford­shire; and Yvonne Turner, a pi­lot from Surrey.

‘We all qual­i­fied as free-fall para­chute in­struc­tors. I would be de­lighted to hear their memories of the club. I went on to be­come an RAF Air Move­ments Flight Lieu­tenant.’

 ??  ?? Pi­o­neer dare­dev­ils: The Bri­tish Para­chute Club in 1956
Pi­o­neer dare­dev­ils: The Bri­tish Para­chute Club in 1956

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