747 Captain Kim Sharman, MRAeS -



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Kim has led the life of an Aviator. From a youth who wondered where he was bound in life, he joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1965 and the rest, as they say, is history!    

Kim flew Sea Vixen fighters in the Royal Navy, serving for two operational tours on HMS Eagle. He is a Member of the Fleet Air Arm Officers Association.

After leaving the Royal Navy, Kim joined BOAC as a First Officer on the VC10. Whilst this was a good introduction to the world of civilian flying, it rapidly became apparent that the aircraft was noisy and thirsty and would be withdrawn from service. 

As a result, Kim joined Cathay Pacific Airways in 1977 and lived in Hong Kong for 21 years. He started as a First Officer on the 707 and worked his way up the system, ending up as a 747Captain - in which capacity he retired from flying in 1998 after 35 years. 

His last flight into retirement was, by a happy coincidence, the last commercial flight out of the legendary Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong, which shut down immediately after he was airborne. 

His next visit there was 16 years later, arriving at the Hong Kong Cruise Terminal - which is built on the threshold of the old runway 31 at Kai Tak where he took off on that last flight on July 6th 1998. Stepping off from the RMS Queen Mary 2 was a strange moment!

Kim is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Kim has two sons. The eldest, Ben, works for a Charity fund raising organisation. His brother Andrew has Down’s Syndrome and lives in a Camphill Community in Wales. 

One of Kim's proudest achievements is Watchdog - a Charity for children with Special Needs that he founded in Hong Kong in 1983. There is a short film about Watchdog here. For his efforts in setting up the Charity and Schools, he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Hong Kong South in 1983.
 
Kim has now established a new career as a Lecturer:

   He works with Cunard on their Ships

   He lectures to the Royal Navy (see the Testimonials here) about    the Royal Naval Division in World War 1 - a largely forgotten body of brave men, who disbanded in 1919, after winning 6 VCs and over 900 awards for Gallantry. For a "taster" of the RND, see page 5 or click here.

   He works closely with the Fleet Air Arm and the Royal Signals Museums.

   He is now expanding into the "After Dinner" lecture circuit. 

If you have heard a poem or two in his Lectures, and liked what you heard, they were recorded by his good friend Robbie Stevens.

To contact Kim click here


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