Paul Buckley Death, Obituary – It is with heavy hearts that we share the somber news of the passing of Captain Paul Buckley on the 24th of July 2023. As we gather to remember and honor his memory, we reflect on the remarkable legacy he leaves behind in the world of aviation.
Captain Andy Pankhurst has graciously provided us with insights into Paul’s illustrious flying career. Paul’s journey in aviation began when he joined Dan Air in the early days of 1971, starting on the Comet aircraft. Prior to that, he had accumulated years of experience flying DC3s and HS748s for Bahamas Airways. His fond memories of those years in the Bahamas even led him to name his house in Cheshire “Eleuthera,” after one of the islands.
Paul’s career took a pivotal turn as he transitioned to flying the Boeing 727 in 1980. This marked the beginning of a long and cherished connection with this iconic aircraft, which he continued until its retirement. Later, he embraced the Boeing 757 at Newcastle with Ambassador Airways, leaving an indelible mark on this phase of his aviation journey.
Beyond the cockpit, Paul was known for his precision and meticulousness. He was a master at handling aircraft, as attested by his remarkable ability to navigate through challenging situations, even in the face of adversity. His dedication to getting things just right extended beyond the aviation world, evident in the immaculate condition of his E type Jaguar and the aircraft he was working on in his barn.
As we come to terms with the loss of Captain Paul Buckley, our thoughts extend to his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy is not only one of skill and expertise in the skies but also a testament to his commitment to excellence and attention to detail in all aspects of his life.
In celebrating his memory, we pay homage to a pilot who was more than just a professional; he was a steward of the skies and a symbol of the dedication that defines the aviation community. Our deepest condolences go out to Captain Paul Buckley’s loved ones, as we collectively honor his impactful legacy. May his spirit continue to inspire us as we navigate the future skies he once soared.