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    Edmund Hillary RIP

    Got a lump in my throat when I heard that this great explorer passed away today. Not aviation news in itself, but conjurs up a time of when Great Britian was truley great and still had the pioneering spirit. Thats when he conquered Everest (at the time of our last Coronation).
    Edmund was a navigator on Catalinas in the New Zealand airforce during the war. He has many other links to aviation aswel.
    Last edited by pagen01; 11th January 2008 at 11:28.

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    He was, of course, a New Zealander, and a great man.

    I didn't know he served in Catalinas - thanks for that. Channel 4 News today described him as an explorer, which I thought was right.

    He was also, IIRC, the first man to the South Pole (in 1958) after Amundsen and Scott. He was supposed to wait for a rendevous with the Sir Vivian Fuchs' Trans-Anarctic expedition but he wasn't the sort to sit and wait so he made a dash for the pole and met the main expedition there.

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/home/column_art...cname=Politics

    Great loss.
    "Writing is easy - all you have to do is stare at a blank piece of paper until your forehead bleeds." - Douglas Adams

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    We already have a thread on this subject, chaps.

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