All Photographs courtesy of George Sizeland
1949 was the year we trained the Nursing Team. I despatched them on their final descent on 24th June at 1130 from a Dakota over Netheravon, but I didn’t train them! Val Valentine was their Instructor and he insisted on being on the DZ so he would get a hug from the female members of the team!!! So would have been on the DZ facing the Press etc.
George Sizeland September 2018
Royal Tournament Earls Court 1949 – 1950
Royal Tournament Earls Court June 1950
In the foreground is a copy of a death slide which extended the length of the display area. The PJIs wore a harness with two liftwebs which passed through two slots of a bar which had a grooved wheel attached to the cable. A single file stick of six would step off at one-second intervals and hurtle the length of the stadium then. The PJI then released his grip on the ‘liftweb and completed a parachute roll.
The Fan in the same picture is a miniature balloon with just one jumper. He steps into the cage and goes up 30 feet and jumps out and runs out of the arena. There are gasps from the audience because the end of the cable is attached with a piece of 18 thread, which breaks as he runs out. With the spotlight on him they don’t notice the cable!
All designed be the brilliant STAN KELLAWAY PJI with the talent as an engineer (A couple of years later he designed the Tree Lowering Equipment for the SAS in Malaya (Jumped with that one also in 1955 but it wasn’t much fun!!!)
(George Sizeland September 2018)
ANNEX – Transport Support Aircraft and Gliders (from Heyford Archive)