Memory of Alex Henshaw

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Click on the image to enlarge As famous air-racer and holder of a London-Cape Town record, Alex Henshaw was a celebrity already before World ...


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As famous air-racer and holder of a London-Cape Town record, Alex Henshaw was a celebrity already before World War II. However, he is best remembered today as chief production test pilot for the Castle Bromwich Spitfire factory. In this role, he probably test-flew more Spitfires than anyone else. His aerobatics at ground level were legendary. Also, he was lucky to survive many forced landings and a catastrophic crash in the course of his work.

Alex died on 24 February 2007. Presented here is the commemorative card with his photo in the Spitfire cockpit – at CBAF and 60 years later, in a preserved Spitfire. Signed by himself and kept as memorabilia by Mr. Steve McGregor from Australia.
[Steve McGregor]

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By Michael P. Jungers  |  2010-05-15 at 17:25  |  permalink

I have his book SIGH FOR A MERLIN,Testing The Spitfire. I Purchased the book at London Heathrow Airport 11Jun 1979….A EXCITING read.

By Michael McCleave MBE  |  2014-10-19 at 07:29  |  permalink

I have just finished reading Sigh for a Merlin by Alex Henshaw. A must read for all aviation enthusiasts. He was one of the many heroes of that time and we owe a debt of gratitude to that generation so we can live and enjoy our way of life and freedom.

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