About 2nd September, 1952 RAF Andover, during National service, we were going up to the mess for breakfast, when out of a clear blue sky a giant ‘Sting-ray’ appeared flying low.

Initially no sound, then the roar of massive jet engines. It was ‘Roly’ Falk on his way to the Farnborough Air show in the Vulcan, which he rolled to a spellbound crowd.

Sadly, it was also when the De Havilland 110 crashed on the speed of sound, killing test pilot John Derry.