Barry Freeman

DOB 03/02/1960
Where were you born?
Thorpe, Norwich
Where do you live now?
Norwich city centre
window cleaner
Previous Occupation ?
glass fibre injection tool maker at lotus cars, postman
When and where did you start flying ?
1981 parascending at Watton airfield
Which Pilots most influenced you?
Edmund potter , Gary hume and John Pendry
Gliders you have flown ?
PG's: a harley 7 parascending canopy!!, firebird genesis and now a firebird hornet,.
HG's Magic one, Magic four ,Aeros Stalker, Stealth topless one and two
Where have you flown in the UK ?


Norfolk mainly, the peaks, wales ,devon,n yorks plus all the all out! venues
When and where was your most memorable flying experience in the UK ?
Catching wave at stanage edge when i hadn't been flying long, and staying up xc for 2 3/4 hours on an xc from Sculthorpe with about 5 low saves
When and where was your most Horrid flight in the UK
Getting blown back on a paraglider at mundesly having to turn and run, waiting as i landed about a 1/2 mile back to be rotored into the ground , nothing happened!?
Where have you flown OUT of the UK ?
France, Switzerland ,Germany, Austria, and the Crimea
Where and when was you most memorable flying experience outside the UK?
Annecy, getting 6000ft ,going on a tour de lac but got drilled on way back and had to land a high performance aeros in an impossibly small field down slope ,lake at one end caravan site at other.
When and where was your most Horrid flight outside UK ?
see above!!
Time to brag ?, What was your "finest hour" ?
Next day everybody landed within minutes but me up 3 hours on my own on way down found restitution over trees milked for 40 more mins at 500ft lots of other clubs patting back ,calling me "the man" and my dad was there to see it!!
Who do you most admire in the sport ?
Locally paul treadwell for his unselfishness and devon based dealer simon murphy for his honesty
What Trait do you most deplore in yourself ?
What trait do you most deplore in other people ?
Dishonesty and untrustworthiness
When not flying what do you do for recreation ?
Gym, squash, motorbikes, england rugby fan and music
Favorite piece of music ?
Too many but if stretched ….land of hope and glory when befuddled by Guinness, sung at Twickenham before an England rugby game
Favorite book ?
BHPA pilots manual (only cos im on the cover!)
Favorite Film ?
Schindlers list…by a mile
What is your greatest fear ?
Buying a round
What is your perfect idea of happiness ?
Someone else buying it
what would your motto be ?
Do it and say you didnt
How would you like to be remembered ?
With my chief coaches head on for a moment ,as someone who got some people on the right flying road
Whats your favorite flying story ?
Witnessing an unnamed person on a coaching course trying to persuade Mark Dale the BHPA training officer that a hang glider doesn't necessarily need side wires to fly . that same man is now a senior tow coach!
Notable achievements ?
Sadly , no! but i am proud of my APC badge!
Anything else you would like to add?
This sport really does give you contact with many people who i am proud to associate with, it doesn't suffer idiots or arrogance too well because the nature of it weeds them out sooner or later ! (injured physically or financially sooner or later)
I do believe it has made me, for better or worse, the person i am now

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