MH434 Marches to the top

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS -

It was Spit­fire IX MH434’S turn to win the Fred­die March Spirit of Avi­a­tion con­cours d’el­e­gance at the Good­wood Re­vival, held on 7-9 Septem­ber. This year, the meet­ing’s avi­a­tion el­e­ment cel­e­brated RAF100. It was there­fore ap­po­site that for­mer RAF types swept the board, with ARC’S newly flown Lysander IIIA V9312 (see Oc­to­ber Old Timers) and hangar-mate Blen­heim (Dux­ford) Ltd’s Blen­heim IF L6739 com­ing in sec­ond and third places.

2018 has been a year of mul­ti­ple an­niver­saries for MH434. Its 75th ‘birth­day’ was cel­e­brated at IWM Dux­ford on 7 Au­gust with a gath­er­ing of for­mer and cur­rent pi­lots, engi­neers and own­ers. Its Good­wood win oc­curred twenty years af­ter the Spit­fire’s mem­o­rable ap­pear­ance at the first Re­vival, dur­ing which Ray Hanna flew it, low and fast, along the rac­ing cir­cuit’s open­ing straight, cre­at­ing a clas­sic (and never to be re­peated) event im­age.

Ray Hanna pow­er­ing MH434 down the Good­wood track at 1998's in­au­gu­ral Re­vival meet­ing

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