Author(s): Philip Birtles
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John Cunningham’s illustrious aviation career began at the de Havilland Aeronautical Technical School while learning to fly with 614 Squadron at Hendon.
On completing his apprenticeship, he helped test fly the Moth Minor with Geoffrey de Havilland Jnr.
When the Second World War was declared, he was mobilised and started his RAF combat career pioneering the use of radar equipped Beaufighter and Mosquito interceptors. Cunningham completed his service as one of the youngest group captains with twenty confirmed kills at night and in bad weather.
Not wishing a desk job, he returned to his friends at de Havilland, initially as chief test pilot of the de Havilland Engine Company where his combat experience was invaluable in selling aircraft to overseas air forces.
On the death of his close friend Geoffrey de Havilland Jnr, Cunningham was appointed chief test pilot and led the flight development of the Comet, the world’s first jet airliner, and later the Trident, completing some 35 years of test flying. He died in 2002.
|FORMAT||234 x 156 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||23 November 2023
|ILLUSTRATIONS||105 black-and-white photographs|