The XS186 crew has grown and developed over a 10 year period, starting in 2004 with just three dedicated, and now very tired members! Many people have been able to call themselves XS186 crew members, but not all have been able to, or indeed wanted to stay.
Working on an aircraft outside, in all weathers can be a very hard indeed, but the glorious summer days soon melt frozen hands and feet, and consensus is that there is something in the air when things are going well that keeps most coming back for more, year after year, no matter what.
First of all our past crew members, who include; Greg Wilson, Naylan Moore, Paul and Rob Hulme, David Cassidy and Mike Hawkins. Thankyou guys.
Not forgetting the other halves of all our crew members, the XS186 WAG’s who provide vital support, mainly in the shape of pies, cakes and buns!
Perhaps most importantly though, I now have to note our current crew members, for it is this team that have seen, heard, smelled, and felt it come to life. They are:
Ted Burrows, one of the first crew members, and a lynch pin without whom the project would simply not exist
Ian Allaway, a serving sootie, and our engineering guru. If it’s broken he will fix it, or make a new one!
Howard Rolfe, a varied career as AA man, saddle maker and gardener has armed him with some invaluable skills
Ralph Kirk, our ground equipment guru, and all round perfectionist. If you stand still he WILL paint you!
Rob Fullerton, ex RAF and current commercial pilot. Our first qualified P1 and not afraid to get in and get his hands dirty either!
Owner of XS186, the one to blame for all of this…..
Nick Spendlow, our Chief Fire Officer, the guy you need around if it goes completely FUBAR
Jonty Johnson, keen as mustard. If there’s a job to do, he’s there whilst your’e still thinking about it!
John Evans, worked around aircraft for years and can turn his hand to anything you want to throw at him. Solid Gold.
Geoff Dear, ex sootie, has a Viper instead of a heart. With Ian he brings the spirit of the RAF into the XS186 crew
Dick Dockerill. He brought another new set of skills to the team, not least of which his great work ethic and willingness to take on anything we can throw at him!
John Temple – our new P1 from 2014, very good in the left hand seat, and XS186 seems to like him too!
Tony Bennett. responsible for some invaluable technical research as well as being our resident world class photographer!
Philip Neal, natural tool is a wood saw, but invaluable around our runway caravan!
Harry Marshall – a youngster in our midst, and cheeky with it, but already proving himself to be a good engineer!