IBCC Lecture & Supper Series – Caterpillars, Guinea Pigs and Goldfish

Sqn Ldr Art Stacey in his flying suit in a cockpit.

Thursday 28th November 2024 – 6.30 – 10.00 pm

Caterpillars, Guinea Pigs and Goldfish begins by briefly covering the history of some of the more well-known and perhaps some of the lesser known clubs that have been associated with flying and aviation.  It goes on to cover in rather more detail, the Goldfish Club, its history and members’ stories right up to the present day.  Art goes on to talk about the events leading up to his qualification for the membership including a short film showing.

Squadron Leader Art Stacey AFC RAF (Ret’d) joined the RAF in 1965 as a pilot.  He completed one operational tour on the Shackleton Mk 3 and three on the Nimrod MR1 & 2, one of them in Malta.

He then went to the Central Flying Schools and attained his Qualified Flying Instructor certification, after which he instructed at the RAF College Cranwell on Jet Provosts and then on Nimrod Operational Conversion Unit in Cornwall.

He then did a ground tour as an Ops Controller in the Joint Operations Centre, Episkopi, Cyprus and his last operational tour was as Squadron QFI/Pilot Leader on the Nimrod R1 on 51 Squadron.

In 1995, during his tour on 51Sqn he was awarded the Air Force Cross (AFC) and the Hugh Gordon Burge Memorial trophy from the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators for the successful ditching of his aircraft following an uncontrollable engine fire.  In 1998 he was awarded his Master Air Pilot Certificate from the Guild.

He returned to Cranwell in 1998 as the Station Flight Safety Officer, retiring in September 2010, a total service of almost 45 years.

The evening starts with a delicious hot buffet supper in The Hub Café at 18.30.

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