…During his time as RO, George started to assemble documents, artefacts and records as exhibits in a project to establish a museum within the PTS HQ. This idea had its genesis when Squadron Leader Ron Smith, a Ringway PJI veteran, and George had worked together at Aldershot. George continued this labour of love, both as RO and later as a civilian, well into his retirement years. The task involved voluntary working weekends to extend the range of exhibits and information boards and maintaining the integrity of the inventory. The PTS Museum became a popular focus for PTS visits and for historical research projects and was later to be named “The Sizeland Room” in his honour…
The PTS Heritage website comprises a selection from the Museum archives in digital form.
This website also gratefully acknowledges the unstinting assistance provided by Michael and Adam Threlfall, père et fils, PJIs both, currently (2020) serving at No.1 PTS.
Royal Visit to Brize Norton 21 November 1991
STM COURSE RAF ST ATHAN CIRCA 1952
Swiss Army Mountain Rescue Team Course September – October 1954
There were also visits from various film companies. We acted as stand-ins for Alan Ladd (The Red Beret), Virginia McKenna (Carve Her Name with Pride), George Peppard (Operation Crossbow) and Brigitte Bardot (Babette goes to War), the latter comedy involving a balloon programme on the airfield. It was blowing about 20 knots, the cable was at a ridiculous angle and the exit height was about six hundred feet, but we all survived the subsequent dragging and were each £5 better off for the experience. Brigitte was scheduled for the Officers Mess for lunch, but was hijacked by Jock Fox to No. 2 Sergeants Mess where she perched herself on a bar stool, surrounded by PJIs and press photographers, with a pint of bitter in her hand and listening to our chat-up lines until we all had to head off back to work.