The Woracle’s Last Post

This is my last blog post for Flight, and I’ve realised I never introduced myself. I’m Graham Warwick. I was brought up in the Scottish Borders, on a hill farm, in a low-flying zone, where I learned to hate sheep, but love aeroplanes. I then studied aeronautical engineering at Southampton University, which was as far from Scotland (and sheep) as I could get.

My first job was as a graduate engineer at Hawker Siddeley Aviation in Kingston, outside London. I learned a lot about designing and building aircraft, but an engineering career was not for me. My second job was as a reporter and editor for Flight International. That one lasted almost 30 years – very enjoyable years, working alongside some great people.

The Woracle is the nickname given to me by my wife as a gentle (I think) jibe at the encyclopedic knowledge of aerospace I have accumulated over the years at Flight. Now I am moving on, and you will see my name appearing somewhere else. Thanks to all of you for reading Flight and visiting The Woracle. Till we meet again….

“Of course I know what I’m doing…” (Canadian Forces photo)

5 Responses to The Woracle’s Last Post

  1. John Price 12 April, 2008 at 10:18 am #

    Thanks for so much interesting reading – which has served to increase my “less-than-encyclopedic” knowledge and enjoyment of aviation from cockpit to scribery since well before the 1950s …
    Till soon, somewhere,
    Keep the info flowing …
    John Price

  2. Keith Meredith 14 April, 2008 at 12:29 pm #

    Thank you for your excellent reporting over the years and good wishes in your new career.

    As someone who:

    Also grew up on a small farm, in Welsh border country, under a RAF low flying zone,

    Also studied Aeronautical Engineering at Southampton,

    Am now resident in Montreal, Canada, a major North American aerospace centre, and home to that CF-18,………….

    I felt a certain connection when I read your post, and I am sure I will continue to read the work you do for your new employer!!

  3. Keith Stilwell 15 April, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    Thank you for the many interesting and educational postings, they will be missed. However, look forward to reading your work in your future periodical endeavors.

  4. arby 17 April, 2008 at 6:49 pm #

    It’s been almost 22 years and I still wonder about it – were you responsible for a Flight International article about the F-102 and how all the remaining flyable frames were all (supposedly) destroyed pulling drone duty? The article was published between Jan 86 and early May 86.

    I was at Holloman AFB at the time. Our office had just received a copy of the Flight International in question. The article was quite emphatic that there were no more flying 102s left in the world. None. Zip. Nada.

    Well, at that moment I here a loud bang, characteristic of a J-57. Looking out the window at our section of the flight-line, I saw something, that if I was to believe the article, was either a ghost or a figment of my imagination. But, it was neither. It was our F-102 chase aircraft going out for a flight.

    To quote Twain: “The report of my death is an exaggeration”

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