R.I.P. Edgar “Mr. Spitfire” Brooks
Edgar Brooks died of cancer yesterday. He was only diagnosed with it recently, when it was terminal. He went immediately into hospital,. and was gone within days. There's an argument to be made that was a blessing, but I'll argue against his departure as too damn soon (had he not had the diagnosis).
I'm sure many here have corresponded with "Mr. Spitfire," Edgar Brooks, over all things Spitfire, and some of you on the other side of "the pond" have had the privilege of knowing him in person.
Edgar was one of the first "internationals" I got to know after coming on the internet 18 years ago (time flies when you're having fun). In my experience of knowing other folks on the net who turned out great in person, I'm sure Edgar would have been on that list had I been lucky enough to get over there. There was no question he couldn't answer, and if he didn't have the answer immediately to hand, he knew where to get it and was happy to share it. Truly a scholar.
I think I'll go build a Spitfire using some of his more obscure but truly crucial information.