On sunny 14th May nearly 70 Members converged on the Museum to meet Neville Duke and see the aeroplane he flew to a World Speed Record 50 years ago. The red Hunter prototype, WB188, modified with a pointed nose, a raked windscreen fairing and a reheated Avon to become the Mk 3, was flown from Tangmere to the course off the south coast.
The Curator introduced the Museum and Mike Stroud pointed out Hawker connections with Tangmere, many of which were illustrated by exhibits. Notable amongst those present, in addition to Neville, who signed Members' books and photographs all afternoon, were Vivian Stanbury, Head of the Project Office in the early days of the jets, test pilots John Farley and David Lockspeiser, Roger Dabbs, Wally Rayner and the still irrepressible Jan White. Members had to travel far for the visit but it was well worth it to spend a couple of happy hours with old colleagues amongst beautiful aeroplanes - the Association's first visit was clearly a great success.