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Red Arrows


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Red Arrows

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Ray Hanna

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1 / 12 / 2005Died : 1 / 12 / 2005
Ray Hanna

Ray Hanna is a name many people associate with his time as leader of the Red Arrows. He had a long and varied career with the RAF from 1951 to 1971. In 1957 he led a team of four Hunters to start a remarkbale career in formation and display flying. He joined the Red Arrows on their formation with the Gnat in 1965, but it was his leadership from 1966 to 1969 that was to bring the team world wide acclaim and to Ray a bar to his AFC. Since leaving the RAF Ray has had a career in civil aviation flying Boeing 707s and later the Lockheed L-1011. His long and distinguished aviation career continues with his role as consultant and pilot with the Old Flying Machine Company and as leader of the famous Breitling Fighters. Sadly, Ray Hanna passed away on 1st December 2005.



Air Marshal Sir Peter Squire DFC AFC

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Air Marshal Sir Peter Squire DFC AFC

Air Marshal Sir Peter Squire began his operational flying with No. 20 Squadron flying Hunters in Singapore. He became an instructor on the Hunter before flying Gnats as a member of the Red Arrows; later returning to operational flying on the Harrier. In 1981 he took command of No. 1 Squadron at RAF Wittering and during the Falklands conflict, led the Squadron into action for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross.


Squadron Leader Chris Taylor MBE

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Squadron Leader Chris Taylor MBE

Joined the RAF as an apprentice air radar fitter in 1961. He began flying training in 1966 flying the Jet Provost, Gnat and Hunter. He completed the lightning OCU at RAF Coltishall before joining 56(F) Sqn at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. A further tour on the Lightning back at the OCU was followed by selection for instructor training at CFS. He instructed on the Gnat at RAF Valley and then joined the team to bring the Hawk into RAF flying training. He flew both the Gnat and the Hawk as a member of the Standardisation Unit before an exchange tour with the USAF took him to Randolf AF base in South Texas. Returning to RAF Valley he completed tours as a Hawk Sqn Commander, Operations, and Deputy Chief Instructor before retirement from the RAF in 1998. He then began a second career as the Training Manager in the Hawk Synthetic Training Facility at RAF Valley.


Aviation History Timeline : 22nd April
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
22April1934William Thaw, a WW1 Ace with 5.83 victories, died on this day
22April1943 James Francis Edwards of shot down a Me323
22April2006Knight's Cross recipient Hermann Eggers of 3./Flak-Regiment 64 died on this day

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