Stirling Flying Syndicate history. The group takes its name from Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Archibald David Stirling, DSO, OBE who founded the British Army’s Special Air Service Regiment in the Western Desert in World War Two. The group’s founder was a serving member of this regiment with some of his work mates. With just about 100 hrs flying experience in the logbook, the aircraft was purchased from Swanton Morley, East Anglia on 14th April 1984 from Adrian Leslie Hall-Carpenter. PA28, G-ATON was collected using PA28 G-ATOR where the two aircraft flew back to Shobdon in formation. Back then, G-ATON was in a red and white colour scheme. Whilst original syndicate members were all serving in the military, this soon gave away to civilian membership.
Back then, buying an aircraft was a bold move given the nature of military postings. Also, online booking systems were not a thing so ringing around to book the aircraft would have been commonplace. The group entirely comprises civilian members nowadays.
Copyright © Mike Lyne
|CSE Aviation Ltd.||3rd February 1966|
|CSE (Aircraft Services) Ltd.||30th March 1967|
|Rimmer Aviation Ltd.||31st March 1969|
|James Richard Dawney||21st August 1969|
|Rimmer Aviation||22nd May 1970|
|Lewis Wright||18th November 1970|
|Robert Petrie Shanks||18th October 1971|
|Frederick Atkins Knight||6th May 1977|
|Newcastle upon Tyne Aero Club Ltd.||17th July 1978|
|Adrian Leslie Hall-Carpenter||15th April 1982|
|Stirling Flying Syndicate||8th May 1984|