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Brig Gen(Ret)Peter"Monster" Wilkins

Unread post by Airfire » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:05 am

Real Name: Peter Wilkins
AvCom username(if was a member): Callsign Monster(SAAF)
Born: 29 October 1946
Passed away date: 15 September 2015
Details of passing:Liver Cancer,Died late Tuesday night 15 September 2015

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Peter ‘Monster’ Wilkins, who comes with a reputation of unsurpassed achievement and aviation experience which will not be easily duplicated in this millennium.

After matriculating at Maritzburg College he entered the South African Air Force and by 1974 had already been a Pilot in 16 and 17 Squadrons and had graduated to Flying Instructor at Dunnottar. Soon thereafter he obtained an international degree in Aeronautical Science and became the Officer Commanding 16 and 22 Squadrons in Cape Town. His CV reads like a diplomatic novel, covering posts in operations, battlefield command, Search & rescue, task Force operations and Air Defence Attaché for the SA Government in USA, covering a career spanning 45 active years, before joining the Starlite Aviation Group in April 2009.

Monster has more than 10,500 hours flying under his wings, with over 500 in fixed wing Harvard and almost 9000 in helicopters across a dozen licenses including Sikorsky S76 and S61. He has completed nearly 150 hours instructing fixed wing and over 1500 hours on helicopter training instruction. This is topped by 3 years of active border duty and 6 months at sea, exceeding an incredible 3244 deck ocean landings.

Monster is highly decorated with over 12 medals for valour and flying or aviation duties of distinction and bravery.

He leaves his wife Valeria Wilkins and two sons behind Bryan and Roan.

A message from Mrs Val Wilkins :
Our beloved Monster broke free from the holding pattern late Tuesday evening, 15 September 2015. He has flown off to new adventures. We can all be thankful for his presence in this earthly realm. He made a difference and touched everyone he met in a positive way. A true giant amongst men.
One of Monster’s favourite stories was of a little boy who said to his Dad – “When I grow up I want to be a chopper pilot!”, to which the Dad replies – “You can’t be both my boy”. Guess who never grew up!
As was Monster’s way, never one for morbid thoughts, one of his last wishes was that there be no depressing memorial or service. He wants you all to celebrate the great life we were privileged to share with him by raising a glass to him in your own time and way.
Keep it vertical Monster mash!

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Re: Brig Gen(Ret)Peter"Monster" Wilkins

Unread post by Whirly » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:20 am

RIP Monster! :( Way too young to go.

I had the privilege to fly with him and what a great pilot, person and instructor he was. He will truly be missed. :cry:

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Unread post by Swampdonkey » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:28 am

RIP. Always the Gentleman (but always with a twinkle in the eye!)
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Unread post by Ray W » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:29 pm

RIP. A legend has left us.
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Re: Brig Gen(Ret)Peter"Monster" Wilkins

Unread post by Wildcat_003 » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:21 pm

Any idea what happened? We did instructors course together at Dunnoes in 1974. Awesome gentleman......RIP
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Re: Brig Gen(Ret)Peter"Monster" Wilkins

Unread post by Whirly » Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:14 am

Wildcat_003 wrote:Any idea what happened? We did instructors course together at Dunnoes in 1974. Awesome gentleman......RIP
Wildcat,

He went into ICU in the beginning of June as he was experiencing some stomach problems which at first they said were not cancerous. That turned out to be wrong and he was diagnosed with advanced liver cancer. Had surgery on the 19th of August but died on the 15th of September. :cry:

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Re: Brig Gen(Ret)Peter"Monster" Wilkins

Unread post by Athol Terence » Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:02 pm

RIP Monster - you were a true gentleman.

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Unread post by Deanw » Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:21 pm

I too was saddened to hear of his passing, he was sick for some time with the dreaded cancer.

Monster was most kind and generous to have given me his book in electronic format so that I could use whatever I wanted in my book (Tumult in the Clouds).

He was truly a great man and a legend and I was privileged to have had the opportunity to hand him a copy of my book in person.

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Re: Brig Gen(Ret)Peter"Monster" Wilkins

Unread post by Greg Vos » Fri Nov 06, 2015 8:52 pm

I was privileged to have him hand me my wings and endorse my logbook accordingly, a big man in stature and mentor for life.

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Re: Brig Gen(Ret)Peter"Monster" Wilkins

Unread post by rare bird » Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:00 pm

Great guy - enjoyed flying with him. RIP

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