Kevin Mangnall : Flight Engineer
Sadly Kevin, a BCal Flight Engineer, has passed away on or around the 15 January 2021, at his home in Kerikeri, New Zealand. He was 87.

My sincere condolences to his family, friends and former colleagues. Kevin had been battling cancer since 2018

Service details

Kevin's service was held in New Zealand we believe.

Kevin Remembered

From Alan Jennings :
Great bloke and good pal. RIP

From Phil Benson : I enjoyed flying with Kevin on DC10's in the 1980's. He certainly was a 'Top Bloke'.

From Caroline Shiels : Such sad news. Everyone loved Kevin. RIP

From Roger Warren : RIP Kevin

From Jeff Eason : Sad news, condolences to Kevinís Family

From Sally Simmonds : Very sorry to hear. RIP

From Susie Douglas-Smith : Sorry to hear this and my sympathy for his family and friends

From Caron Phillips : RIP and my condolences to his family and friends

From Ian Corby : RIP Kevin! My condolences to his family.

From Anne de Legh : Sorry to hear this. Fly high, Kevin. Love to Sylvia.

From Valerie Armstrong : Sorry to hear this, RIP Kevin

From Fee Flee : So very sorry Fly Free Kevin

From David Williams : Very sad, sympathy to the family. Rest in peace

From Tricia Riley : RIP Kevin, Fly high

From Mike Thrower
Top bloke ...... everyone really enjoyed flying with Kev with his easy humour and approachability. Hadnít seen him for years but anytime that you saw his name on the roster, you knew that you were going to have a great skies Kev RIP

From Sarah Collett : A very nice man. Sad to hear this news. Rest in peace

From Bev Wigby (Withecomb)
I was saddened to read of the passing of Kevin.  I flew with Kevin quite a few times, what a great guy, he was so likeable.  Very sad that he is no longer with us.  My condolences to his family.  RIP

From Lynn Chandler
What sad news to hear of the loss of Kevin, what a gentle man.  Whenever I saw Kevin he always brightened up my day. Such a lovely, caring man. Hope you are enjoying flying your microlite in the sky. RIP Kevin

From Jim Stott : RIP Kevin from someone who sat in the same seat. My condolences to your family.

From Loz Allan
Iím very sorry to hear Kevin has passed away. My thoughts are with his close friends and family. Kevin was a delight to work with, conscientious and hard working and, at the same time, great fun with a wry sense of humour. Weíll miss you Kevin - fly high!

From Barrie Stubbs : Kevin my 'best mate' not lost; has just moved into another room for a while!

From Jim Monaghan : A lovely likeable fellow. Remember him well at ĎMy Travelí with his mate Jacko. Rest In Peace Kevin.

From Roger Brown : RIP Kevin - top bloke.

From Tony Cutting
So sorry to hear the news about Kevin, he was a real fun chap to fly with, share a beer with, and last but not least a fine and professional F/E. Good bye old mate, you will be greatly missed by all who knew you.

If you would like to leave a message in remembrance please drop me a line anytime at

Condolences have also been extended by:

Dave Thaxter, Richard Church, Liz Rogers, Julie Nuttall, Lindsay Smith, Sylvia Murphy, Helen Shenton, Alan Reeves, John R Potter, Jennifer Grail, Kris Massie, Jim Will, Dudley Rice, Daphne Hemmings, Mel Sanders, Lucinda Ritchie, Martine Schroeter, Peter Durran, Christine Jegu, Dave Surry, Tina Harvey, Riaz Butt, Ian Corby, Jenny Thomas, Richard Heywood, Derek Alstrom, Pat Cresswell, Martin Leach, Melissa Moremon, Maria Shaw, Karen Strawson,

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After his time with BCal, Kevin stayed on with BA until Nov 1991. He went to Martinair (Holland) and spent 3yrs on DC10s, flying all over the world. From there he gives us his career highlights.

Feb 1994 - Worked for McDonnell Douglas in the simulator training Russians with John Hill Paul (Krasnoyarsk Airways) for 3 months. Should have gone to Russia for line training but got another job.

Apr 1994 - Still on DC10s this time with a Belgian outfit called Challengair

Dec 1996 - Moved back to UK with Caledonian Airways with Loz Allan as fleet manager, and Jacko as chief engineer, lots of bucket and spade jobs.

March 1999 - Got a job with Jacko and Ivan Vickers with Airtours based in Manchester, later became My Travel. That lasted until Feb 2005 - when they scrapped the DC10.

2007 - moved permanently to New Zealand, joined Coastguard as tactical Coordinator on a Cessna 182, then joined local aero club servicing microlights, eventually became an Authorised examiner for Microlights. At the grand old age of 73 i got my Microlight Pilots Certificate on Tecnam Golf. Got there in the end.

Kevin in the office (the F/E's position)
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