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    I was there when that flag was raised in Port Stanley.
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      I was there when that flag was raised in Port Stanley.
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      I cycled to Paris with Mrs Mahone this Easter. Great fun, but we were surprised how busy the streets were as we approached the centre of the city - Sunday afternoon and it was almost traffic gridlock. Loads of sirens, too. We thought this must be just the nature of Paris.

      We reached the river and turned onto a bridge over the Seine where loads of people were standing quietly. Looking to our right we saw why, and everything became clear. A couple of hundred metres away, Notre Dame was burning.

      To see this in person, having had no idea that it was happening before we saw it, was quite emotional. We stood and watched for some time. There was an eerie silence on the bridge - it was hard to believe that what we were seeing was real. 800 years of history being destroyed before our eyes. Incredible.
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      Unfortunately I was witness to probably the most tragic incident that will be described on here.

      In the mid 1970s I worked for a major international drinks company on the promotion team. On this particular occasion we were giving out free samples on a vintage bus at the Biggin Hill air show. On board were the crew of the Lancaster, part of the Battle of Britain flight group. Suddenly one of the crew gasped in horror, stood up and rushed off the bus. The rest of us, a moment later, realised why. A Tiger Moth bi-plane had just taken off, at the same precise time a helicopter, that was giving joy rides to the paying public, also took off. A collision took place in mid-air, the Tiger Mothís undercarriage was sheared off by the helicopterís rotor blades, and the helicopter plummeted to the ground.

      What happened next was incredible and tragic in equal measure. The Tiger Moth, still able to fly, circled the airfield and came into land - with no landing gear. What the pilot achieved was a superb belly landing and he and his plane escaped unscathed. The tragic part was that all on board the helicopter were killed - the pilot, two grandparents and their two grandchildren.

      To say the least it was a horrific incident. What followed was probably the most macabre reaction Iíve ever encountered. The organisers decided to carry on with the air show! If that wasnít bad enough every road leading to Biggin Hill was gridlocked as cars, carrying sightseeing ghouls wanting to view the tragedy, clogged up all the routes in and out.

      What an awful day that was.
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      On a happier note I was also at school in Dover when this started and saw most of the cars on their way to the cross channel ferry. Awesome experience for a young lad and how jealous was I.

      Probably hard to believe these days but this was a massive adventure at the time, have a look at the cars that took part, some absolute classics along with well prepared run of the mill cars of the day

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      Unfortunately I was witness to probably the most tragic incident that will be described on here.

      In the mid 1970s I worked for a major international drinks company on the promotion team. On this particular occasion we were giving out free samples on a vintage bus at the Biggin Hill air show. On board were the crew of the Lancaster, part of the Battle of Britain flight group. Suddenly one of the crew gasped in horror, stood up and rushed off the bus. The rest of us, a moment later, realised why. A Tiger Moth bi-plane had just taken off, at the same precise time a helicopter, that was giving joy rides to the paying public, also took off. A collision took place in mid-air, the Tiger Moth’s undercarriage was sheared off by the helicopter’s rotor blades, and the helicopter plummeted to the ground.

      What happened next was incredible and tragic in equal measure. The Tiger Moth, still able to fly, circled the airfield and came into land - with no landing gear. What the pilot achieved was a superb belly landing and he and his plane escaped unscathed. The tragic part was that all on board the helicopter were killed - the pilot, two grandparents and their two grandchildren.

      To say the least it was a horrific incident. What followed was probably the most macabre reaction I’ve ever encountered. The organisers decided to carry on with the air show! If that wasn’t bad enough every road leading to Biggin Hill was gridlocked as cars, carrying sightseeing ghouls wanting to view the tragedy, clogged up all the routes in and out.

      What an awful day that was.
      Grim. You have reminded me of the Shoreham Airshow in about 1975/6 where a vintage aircraft was doing a loop de loop (or whatever it’s called) and judged it wrong nose diving into the ground in the middle of the runway area. No spectators were hurt but it was the most sickening thing to watch.
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