It was very good to meet Alvis members on Sunday16th June at the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington and to enjoy an excellent event. Well done on the superb organisation, for which my thanks, and thanks also for the warm welcome to my first Alvis Owner Club gathering.
I was associated with the Lightning F6 aircraft at the Museum. The letters (BA) and the 2 Eagles on the fin indicate that this was the aircraft allocated to the Squadron Commander of Number 11 Squadron. The name painted beneath the cockpit (Wg Cdr Jake Jarron) is that of the final commander of the Squadron when it disbanded in 1988. I was the previous Squadron Commander and handed over both the Squadron and the aircraft to Jake on 9th June 1987, during our 6 week armament practice camp at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. It was on that day that I took BA for my final flight in a Lightning; I fired 207 rounds at the air towed banner, scoring 104 hits for 50.1%. This was and remains the all-time record for hits on the banner by a Lightning, so it was a great pleasure to be re-united with “my Lightning” at Elvington and to park my Alvis in front of it!