Yesterday would have been Mark Hanna’s 60th birthday.
One of Britain’s most experienced display pilots of historic military aircraft, Mark Hanna had flown over 4000 flying hours of which 2300 were on historic aircraft.
Major films in which he acted as both aerial advisor and chief pilot included Empire of the Sun, Air America, Tomorrow Never Dies, Memphis Belle, Piece of Cake and Saving Private Ryan.
IWM Duxford has announced that Old Flying Machine Company’s Spitfire MH434, in a solo display as part of its now famous Spitfire finale, will pay tribute to Mark Hanna at Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2019 on Saturday 21 September and Sunday 22 September.
Sarah Hanna, Mark’s sister and Managing Director of Old Flying Machine Company based at IWM Duxford, was interviewed about Mark’s remarkable life and why this year’s Spitfire display will be a moving tribute, 20 years on from the accident that tragically cut short the life of a man passionate about historic flying.
FlyPast will pay tribute to Mark with a special feature in our next issue, available in UK shops from August 30.