On 27 June No 72 (Reserve) Squadron celebrated its centenary with a nationwide Grand Flypast overflying the airfields the Squadron had operated from during the past 100 years. The Squadron was based at RAF Tangmere from 1937 until 1939 flying the Gloster Gladiator. Converting to the Spitfire in 1939, the Squadron participated in the Battle of Britain.
The Tangmere Military Aviation Museum hosted a gathering of current and former 72 Squadron personnel to witness the flypast over the former RAF Tangmere. Leading the guests was former 72 Squadron Spitfire pilot, Wing Commander Owen Hardy DFC.
After watching the flypast, Owen toured the museum with his great grandson Harvey and later visited the Boultbee Spitfire Academy at Goodwood aerodrome, to tour the Boultbee Hangar and to introduce young Harvey to what it feels like to fly a Spitfire.
Click HERE to read a report on Owen Hardy’s Spitfire flight
Main photo: The centenary flypast of No 72 (R) Squadron Tucano aircraft over Tangmere.
Bottom left: Personnel from No 72 Squadron at Tangmere.
Botton right: Owen Hardy in the cockpit of a Boultbee Academy Spitfire at Goodwood.