The Met Balloon

GP CAPT DAN NEEDHAM REMEMBERS A HILARIOUS ‘WHEEZE’ INVOLVING UNORTHODOX USE OF A METEOROLOGY BALLOON AT A PRESTIGIOUS JOINT SERVICE DINNER

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The author with a 12 Squadron Buccaneer in the background. Met balloon not pictured. VIA DAN NEEDHAM
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Balloon inflating equipment being put to more orthodox use. KEY
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Rear Admiral Roger Dimmock. NMRN

As a young pilot, Roger Dimmock survived a Sea Hawk crash at the 1958 Farnborough Air Show, and went on to become a rear admiral. His death in 2014 brought back vivid memories for me of 1970, when he was a Buccaneer pilot and a senior naval officer at Honington in Suffolk.

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