This gave both Ray Ball and myself the idea to arrange to re-united Pat with this aircraft. Ray contacted Geoffrey Pool who would not be available till the end of April. Now we all know that the ex-RAF aircraft coming to Bruntingthorpe are mainly for scrapping and the company that has bought the VC-10s and now the Tristars is GJD Services. Based on that I made the assumption that there might be some urgency required tomd of see the aircraft prior to it secumbing to the tools of the scrapman. I contact the MD of GJD Services, Gary Spoors and his response was quick and very accommodating. He did mention in his reponse that ZE705's future had not yet been decided and that he was looking for alternative users for the aircraft. I agreed with Gary to pop in on the Saturday afternoon (15th) with Pat, Ray and Barry Jones.
I met up with Pat (and his lovely wife Sandra, who wanted to join us) and Barry and made our way to Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome. A friendly chap in the gatehouse told us to drive to the control tower, where Gary's office is located. From there we were taken to the aircraft, which Gary opened up for us and then left us to explore and reminisce.
As you can probably guess Pat was very much enjoying the visit and stories were abound. The Tristar's cockpit is very airy and roomy and although plenty of seats, but they are electrically powered and could not be moved so some had to stand. The captain's seat though was fine for Pat to take his rightful place. Look at the smile on his face....it speaks volumes.