Doctor Charles Robertson
Doctor Charles Robertson was the founding member of the Scottish Parachute Club. The first jump made at the club was by ‘Doc’ at Scone airfield on April 10th 1960 from a Tiger Moth biplane.
Doc died in 1986 and a commemorative plaque to our founder member is at the club, including this piece from the BPA ‘Sport Parachutist’ magazine-
‘He has slipped the surly bonds of Earth’
Dr. Charles Robertson died on 7th May 1986 after a long and slow, losing fight with Multiple Sclerosis. Doc was the founder of the Scottish Parachute Club in Edinburgh in 1960.
In 1965, Doc organised and directed the Scottish International Parachute Competition. It was the first international competition in the U.K. The competition was held annually on the Condor Naval Air Station at Arbroath and included accuracy, style, and a team show jump. The competition was sponsored by Chandy.
The Doc moved his family to Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada to practice medicine in the ‘wilderness’. It was shortly after that he was diagnosed as having M.S.
Doctor Charles Robertson, Pilot, Parachutist and Skydiving Pioneer ‘is dancing the skies on laughter silvered wings…’
He is survived by his wife, Gerd, his two sons, George, a college graduate doing medical research, and Andrew, who just graduated from the Canadian Coast Guard Academy, and a daughter, Ruth, who has entered nurse’s training after her graduation from high school.
Bob Thomson, Sport Parachutist magazine 1986