In November 1994, Raymond and Meryl Hansed attended a Ministry of Defence auction at Sotheby’s and purchased Hawker Hunter F5 (WP190). This aircraft has close connections with Tangmere having served at this airfield with No 1 (F) Squadron in the mid 1950s. It was in poor condition having been, before Raymond and Meryl bought it, a ‘gate guardian’ for over twenty years. WP190 was initially moved from RAF Stanbridge, Bedfordshire to a hangar at Brockworth for restoration work to commence. However, a new home had to be found almost immediately and with the assistance of Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork, Archivist of the Air Crew Association, the Hunter was moved to a rented building at RAF Quedgeley, Gloucestershire.
On arrival at RAF Quedgeley, Raymond formed the ‘Hunter Restoration Flight’ and the restoration work commenced. This work was completed in 2001 and WP190 emerged as we see it today; in display condition, resplendent in No 1 (F) Squadron’s colours at the time of the Suez campaign. WP190 was gifted to Tangmere Military Aviation Museum on June 2002 by Meryl and Raymond Hansed.
The photograph shows Raymond donating a signed framed photograph of WP190 to the Museum’s chairman Group Captain David Baron in the Museum’s Meryl Hansed Memorial Hall. The Air Crew Association’s Past President, Air Chief Marshal Sir Sandy Wilson and Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork have signed the photograph.