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.