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Henry Prince AFC

posted on 29 November 2017 | posted in Red Arrows  | ( 0 ) Comments

Henry Prince joined the Royal Air Force in 1953.After initial flying on the Tiger Moth and Chat Nottingham UAS he trained in Canada,on the Harvard and T-33. Back in England he then flew Vampires and Meteors prior to posting to No.56 Squadron at Waterbeach flying the HunterMk5.He then did a tour in Aden where he again flew the Meteor as well as the Venom and the Pembroke. On return from Aden and completing the CFS course he instructed on the Jet Provost3 & 4.He was then selected as one of the initial batch of instructors on the new Advanced Flying trainer the Folland Gnat.

It was whilst instructing on the Folland Gnat at 4FTS, RAF Valley, that Henry became part of The Yellowjacks aerobatic display team. Formed in 1964 and painted in a striking gloss yellow, the team was made up of five Gnats led by Flt Lt Lee Jones who had previously been a member of the Black Arrows. Their call sign was "Blackjack" and led to the call sign " Yellowjack" being adopted by the team. Throughout the 1964 display season the team became well known and loved, drawing the attention of the RAF hierarchy at the Farnborough air show. It was decided to bring The Yellowjacks under the command of the Central Flying School (CFS), add two further aircraft,paint them red and rebrand them for 1965 as The Red Arrows.

Henry, now a founder member of The Red Arrows, flew in and led the Synchro Pair during his time with the team. He was appointed Deputy Leader of the team in 1966 and remained in that post until his time with the Red Arrows came to an end in 1967. Henry was awarded the Air Force Cross in recognition of his work whilst on The Red Arrows team.

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