Here are a few pics I took of Ray Hanna at Duxford Flying Legends show July 2004:
I watched his last display at Biggin Hil one September just a few months before his passing. It was a very emotional display as I had a feeling we wouldn't be seeing him again. After this time he and Mark are still missed.
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Post by Dave Homewood on May 14, 2021 20:53:23 GMT 12
Yes it is such a brilliant series of articles. It reminds you so much of a truly great era in warbirds, both in Britain and in New Zealand.
I always knew that Mark was special, but this series of articles really paints a vivid picture of what a fantastic guy he was. I only met him once, when he arrived at Wigram with the Avenger which we were to paint into Plonky colours. I was so nervous I only said hello, and that's it. Now I wish so much I'd been able to chat to him properly, or better still, get to know him.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 14, 2021 21:15:14 GMT 12
I have an idea.
I'd really love to see a bronze statue depicting Mark Hanna and Ray Hanna erected at Duxford. I reckon crowdfunding and perhaps sponsorship could make it happen. Perhaps they could be depicted like they have just finished a flight together, they are smiling and discussing the flight, with the typical fighter pilot hand gestures. What do people think?
I clearly remember watching the news the night of the crash or following. I was so upset. I was worried about reading this final part but it was such a wonderful collection of memories. What a wonderful series.