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nsteense
02-26-2007, 07:57 AM
Found this rather sad news:

It is with great sadness that I post on the Forum that Alex Henshaw died in his sleep last night. He was 94 and looking forward, as ever, at new projects. Michael Turner and I were with him on Thursday and he was in excellent spirits, apart from his great concern for one of his beloved dogs (Purdey) who was under the weather.
Alex was one of the greatest pilots of all time. His pre-war record breaking flights have gone down in history and some of them will never be broken. His remarkable wartime career with Vickers Supermarine, flying Spitfires, Lancasters and other types as required made him a legend. He never lost his love for flying and was delighted when he was able to fly in the two-seat Spitfire, which he took control of once airborne, on more than one occasion recently.
Alex Henshaw will always be remembered by all aviation minded people.
We send our deepest sympathy to his son Alex Jnr and his family.
The funeral will be family only. Please respect Alex's wishes.
Francois Prins

That he may fly forever in blue yonder

stathem
02-26-2007, 08:02 AM
Sad news. Good innings.

His flight last year, and stories of his career, left me open-mouthed in admiration.

S!

ploughman
02-26-2007, 08:20 AM
What an aviator. Great life, a man to be admired.

T_O_A_D
02-26-2007, 08:35 AM
Salute to a legend for sure.

RIP

Monty_Thrud
02-26-2007, 10:31 AM
Such a shame, one of a kind, if you get chance read his book "Sigh For A Merlin" good read, good fellow, RIP.

BillyTheKid_22
02-26-2007, 11:01 AM
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~hinshaw/h11640a.jpg



Alex Henshaw and Heaven Go home!!!!

RasMichael
02-26-2007, 11:13 AM
Godspeed.

Taylortony
02-26-2007, 02:18 PM
He lived his life to the full and went out the way most of us dream off, peacefully in his sleep.............

GodSpeed to you on your last flight from this Mortal Realm..... Rest in place, you have earned the right for your name to be revered and echo in the hallowed halls of this Great Land.

Marcel_Albert
02-26-2007, 02:27 PM
Sad day ... he was a great man and aviator , he lived a long life and rich in experience , RIP http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

MB_Avro_UK
02-26-2007, 04:11 PM
Hi all,

And he was a modest guy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif.

It seems as though all the great aviators from all countries were modest guys who were content knowing that they had done their best...

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

Bo_Nidle
02-26-2007, 04:30 PM
Another great one fades away!

Feathered_IV
02-27-2007, 12:51 AM
Heres to a life well lived http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

WOLFMondo
02-27-2007, 02:38 AM
Originally posted by Feathered_IV:
Heres to a life well lived http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

RIP

The.Tyke
02-28-2007, 06:44 AM
The only guy ever to roll a Lancaster !(intentionally of course)

danjama
02-28-2007, 07:50 AM
Originally posted by The.Tyke:
The only guy ever to roll a Lancaster !(intentionally of course)

What altitude was he at when he did this?

An amazing man whichever way you look at it, may he rest in peace!

The.Tyke
02-28-2007, 12:19 PM
Originally posted by danjama:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by The.Tyke:
The only guy ever to roll a Lancaster !(intentionally of course)

What altitude was he at when he did this?

An amazing man whichever way you look at it, may he rest in peace! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Don't know...just read it in the Telegraph obitury today.

Ballistic4N6
02-28-2007, 12:29 PM
Link to a short but interesting bio on Alex Henshaw (RIP):

http://www.angelfire.com/sd2/spitfirefactory/man.htm

ratchet1961
02-28-2007, 03:23 PM
It was bad enough when i heard Ray Hanna had passed away, and now Alex Henshaw has gone, may he rest in peace.

JetJackson1953
03-01-2007, 03:19 AM
Truly one of the greatest pilots of all time. I read his books and was inspired. Probably knew more about Spitfires, than the great R.J.Mitchell himself.
Yes and he did roll a Lancaster with his Polish friend on deck and was called before the Air Minister at the time. Also did an inverted beat up of the main street (With all Officials present) in a Spitfire he was testing. Got on the carpet for that as well.

Let us that read of his exploits, remember him!