Survitec Group and BAE Systems are proud to support the Hawker Memorial Flight which took off yesterday from Headcorn in Kent on its way to the Somme. The flight, in a World War 1 replica plane, is in memory of and to mark the significant WW1 contribution of Major Lanoe Hawker, the first pilot to be awarded the Victoria Cross for aerial combat. He was killed in an aerial fight with the legendary German pilot Manfred von Richthofen (“The Red Baron”) on 23 November 1916. The replica Airco DH2 (WW1 single seat fighter aircraft; no genuine aircraft survived the war) is the first of its type to fly over the Western Front since 1918.
Pictured Stuart Smith, the 6’ 4” Chipmunk pilot wearing a Survival One 1000 Series suit to protect him from the elements as he flies overwater