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carl walker
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Reginald Turnill (1915-2013) was the BBC's aviation and space correspondent for over forty years throughout the heyday of space exploration and British (initial) aviation prowess. He covered most of NASA's space missions and covered all the Apollo moon missions for the BBC.

Reg passed away in Ashford, Kent, on 12 February 2013.

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More sad news...

Great reporter! Part of a team who brought Apollo to us in the UK before Sky News and the Internet were ever thought of!

Spent so much time watching Reg, Patrick Moore and James Burke during the Apollo Moon missions. Got a lot of the coverage on CDs - brilliant reporting!

R.I.P Reg.

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RIP

Steve Procter
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posted 02-12-2013 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
RIP Reg, grew up with you.

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Very sad. I met him when Joe Engle came to the UK Space Conference in 2008. He was the perfect compere and worked up some great banter between Joe and Eric "Winkle" Brown. A gentle, knowledgeable and understated man whom many of us remember from our childhoods.

RIP, Reg and thank you.

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He was at the Roundhouse in London when Alan Bean visited several years ago. A lovely man who helped introduce me to spaceflight via his collaboration with the Warne Observer's books.

RIP.

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He wrote "The Moonlandings: An eyewitness account" (Cambridge University Press, 2003) but more importantly to me, he was the editor of the first four issues of JANE's Spaceflight Directory (in 1984, then 1986, 1987 and 1988-1989). Back then there was no internet and those books had plenty of information at a reasonable price.

RIP.

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A great space reporter from this side of the Atlantic. I grew up watching him on BBC Newsround explaining spaceflight to younger viewers and can still remember him choking up live on air during the launch of the first post-Challenger shuttle flight in 1988.

I'm sad to hear of his death but glad to know he had a long, interesting life!

RIP Mr. Turnill.

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What a lovely man. I too met him at the Roundhouse at the Alan Bean lecture 5 or 6 years ago. Yet another major person from my youth now gone.

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Two obituaries of Reg Turnill. I notice his biggest scoop came about because he was the only journalist left in mission control to hear Apollo 13's "Houston, we've had a problem"!

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Another great of British broadcasting has passed.

. RIP

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Another legend of a golden era has passed on. Reg Turnill's reports were an integral part of the Apollo era for anyone growing up in the UK in those heady days. Mention has been made of his Apollo 13 "scoop": I vividly remember lying in my bed, shocked rigid, as I listened to his report on the 8 o'clock radio news that morning in April, 1970. Reg was one of those keen and highly knowledgeable experts whose utterances commanded attention and respect. They don't make them like that any more.

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"Keen and highly knowledgeable expert" is a great way to describe Reg. I knew him and his lovely wife Margaret from when they'd come to KSC for a number of early shuttle launches. A true British gentleman who was always precise, erudite and delightful.

It's also remarkable Reg lived to nearly 98; when he was born, Goddard was still experimenting with rockets.

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I grew up in London watching Reg Turnhill on the BBC and reading his books. His pocket book on manned space flight was the first space book I ever bought. A few years later with UKSEDS I had a chance to meet him and see him present at Imperial College. A true gentleman and great space journalist. What amazing experiences he must have had meeting so many spacefarers over the years. I remember him saying that when cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya came to the UK they took her shopping in London.

So glad he remained sharp til the end and had a full life. He will be missed.

Thank you Reg.

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I grew up with Reg Turnill on the TV his reports on the BBC during Apollo. His books about manned space flight and unmanned spaceflight where among the first space books I bought back then there was no internet. During the shuttle program I would record newsround to get his reports. We all in Scotland had the honer of meeting Reg when he came to Airdrie in 2003 along with Margaret. Like Patrick he was a big inspiration to me. His book "The Moon Landings" is excellent. RIP. He will live on in his books.

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I always enjoyed Reg's reports on the Beeb. This is very sad news. My thoughts are with his family.

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Here's audio of some of his comments on the first moon landing as well as images.

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Another great of British space enthusiasts has passed...
RIP

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