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    15th August 2017, 14:48
    RAFRochford replied to a thread BOB 2018 in Historic Aviation
    If I were to chose between two books to have films based on them, then I would go for Alfred Price's The Hardest Day or Alan Deere's Nine Lives. Both...
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    12th August 2017, 17:55
    RAFRochford replied to a thread BOB 2018 in Historic Aviation
    So, if we do see a new Battle of Britain movie, what would you like to see? A movie that covers all aspects from command downwards? Or maybe from the...
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    10th August 2017, 07:50
    "There already is a book!' Praying to the Aliens' it has a lot about his flying and is a great read" That's true, and I have that book and very...
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    6th August 2017, 12:01
    Tester04; When you do see him, pitch the idea of him writing a book about his display days. It would be a cracking read and he writes with a very...
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    2nd August 2017, 08:40
    I've never understood why the press and critics have been so harsh to Gary Numan. For his flying, all I saw was a very professional and accomplished...
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    31st July 2017, 18:11
    I do miss Mildenhall. I did a ten year stint there between 1985 and 1995. I used to stay there for the week and do the arrivals days etc, one show...
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    31st July 2017, 17:54
    ....Well, I think one of the Falcons "bombed" one of our burger vans at Weston only a few years back. So they must be still around somewhere. ...
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  1. Hi Joglo...

    Yes..I lived in Westcliff on Sea from 1976 up until 1998 when I moved to Kelvedon, then Scotland and then down to Leicestershire (although only for the job..I wouldn't be here out of choice!!)
    I'm still homesick for the Southend area, because I still regard it as home. Like yourself, Southend Airport (or Rochford Aerodrome as I prefer to call it) figured greatly whilst I lived there. I spent a lot of time at the museum and airport, and I always like the diversity of the aircraft seen there. I am also very interested in the history of the place....Have you seen the new Airfield Focus book on Southend from GMS Enterprises? I would love to see a really comprehensive book on the history of the airfield though...

    Remember the Cherry tree well...I used to visit all of those pubs in that area when I got my first car. Otherwise it was the Peter Boat in Leigh on Sea!
    There were never any decent pubs in Westcliff!!

    I still manage to get back there on a regular basis as my parents still live there, and myself and my family hope to move back there next year...I can't wait.
    Mind you...the town is a bit overcrowded these days...
    Great to hear from someone else that loves the place....

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    Hi, do you live in or near Rochford?
    I was born in Southchurch (due to previous sins, no doubt) and lived there for 22 years until 1963 when I managed to escape.
    During most of that time, apart from surviving, I was into lots of things that included aircraft and Rochford featured heavily in that.
    I even worked at the 'aerodrome' for a short time, but not doing anything worth mentioning.
    The Cherry Tree was one of my favourite haunts in the 70s, when I visited old friends and many other watering holes were visited in my years there.

    Sorry to send such a weird message, but your nick made me stop and think about the 'olden days' of my youth.


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