Captain DAVE SEWARD AFC
Dave Seward flew RAF Meteors, Canberras and Javelins
and USAF F-86, F-102 and F-106 fighters. In 1961,
as C.O. of No.56 Sqn he led the 'Firebirds' Lightning
aerobatic team and later Commanded the Lightning OCU
and Battle of Britain Flight, flying the Lancaster,
Hurricane and Spitfire.
Captain ED DURHAM
After Meteor, Javelin and Hunter tours, Ed Durham
flew Lightnings with No.74 23 and 92 Sqns and took
part in the first trans-Atlantic Lightning flights.
In 1977 he commanded No.92 Sqn, the last Lightning
F2A unit in RAF Germany.
Vice-Marshal JOHN HOWE CB CBE AFC
John Howe flew Spitfires, Mustangs and Vampires With
the South African Air Force and F-5lD Mustang fighter
bombers in the Korean War before joining the RAF 'to
fly Hunters'. He commanded the first RAF Lightning
squadron when No.74 Sqn converted from Hunters to
Lightnings in 1960, and led the famous No.74 Sqn 'Tigers'
nine-ship Lightning aerobatic team. He has flown all
the legendary USAF 'century series' fighters, and
later commanded the F-4 Phantom OCU and RAF Gutersloh.
Marshal SIR JOHN NICHOLLS KCB CBE DFC AFC
A Korean war veteran with 2 MiG kills in F-86 Sabres,
John Nicholls has flown every great fighter from the
Spitfire to the Phantom, including the USAF century
series. In 1959 he was attached to English Electric
as RAF project test pilot on Lightnings. He commanded
AFDS at RAF Binbrook where in 1963 Lightning vs Spitfire
combat trials were flown and later, he commanded RAF
Leuchars. He retired as Vice Chief of the Air Staff
to become Director in charge, BAe LIGHTNINGS in Saudi