Tommy Sopwith
1932 - 2019

It is with sadness that we report that Sir Thomas Sopwith's son,Tommy Sopwith, died peacefully aged 86 on May 4th. Tommy has been a high profile supporter of the Kingston Aviation Centenary Project from the very beginning when he opened the Kingston Aviation Festival in Kingston Marketplace in 2012. Tommy was a keen motor car and powerboat racer. He had considerable success in a Cooper-Climax before being runner-up in the first British Saloon Car Championship in his Jaguar in 1958 and winning the first Cowes to Torquay International Powerboat Race in 1961.

First Hawk Retires

XX154, the first Hawk TMk1, made its final flight on December 19th 2018. First flown on August 21st 1974 by Duncan Simpson it remained with the HSA/BAe Hawk development fleet at Dunsfold until January 1982 when it was transferred to the Ministry of Defence who posted it to Llanbedr where it was used to support trials on the missile range. Latterly XX154 was part of the Empire Test Pilots’ School fleet at Boscombe Down.