BASIL LOCKWOOD-GOOSE
CEng FRAeS
1929-2014

Basil Goose was born in Derbyshire on 19 January 1929 and was educated at Felixstowe and Woodbridge Schools.

In 1946 he became a student at the de Havilland Aeronautical Technical School and, despite a serious road accident which necessitated a lengthy stay in hospital, he completed the course on time, on crutches and with one leg in plaster!

At the end of the course he joined the Dunlop Aviation Division which was, in his own words, “...the start of a journey that was to take me to over 80 different countries and to meet many of the cleverest and most interesting people who ever lived. It was to take me on over 100 Atlantic crossings, over 200 Channel crossings and six circumnavigations of the world.” In 1979 he was appointed to the company’s Divisional Board covering sales, exhibitions, publicity and all marketing activity including product support. Shortly afterwards he persuaded Dunlop to become a member of the International Federation of Airworthiness and was subsequently elected to the Governing Council of that organisation.

In the middle of 1950 he met Joan Lockwood. She was the last of the line and the name would die when she did. When it became apparent that marriage was in the air, Joan's father asked Basil to keep the name alive and thus they were married in 1954 as Mr and Mrs Lockwood-Goose.

At the end of a long and successful career he and Joan retired to Wigtownshire in 1988. His well-equipped workshop was the locus for many projects which demonstrated his skills as an engineer. These included the building of two two-seater aircraft so that Joan could renew her piloting skills: sadly Joan had little time to enjoy the second before her untimely death in 2003.

Those who knew Basil well would cheerfully contend that Rolls-Royce formed part of his DNA for the marque had always been his car of choice. Between 1988 and 2014 he renovated five of these pre-war cars to their original standards, the last one being completed just before his death.

He was a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a trustee of the International Airworthiness Authority. In his spare moments he was a valued member of the Scottish Section of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club and an active member of his local Probus Club.

Basil Lockwood-Goose CEng FRAeS died on 1 September after a long battle with cancer and is survived by two sons and five grandchildren.


17 December 2014