MH434 in full flight

Believe it or not, it’s 30 years this year since Piece of Cake was televised. It brought us a host of talented young actors who went on to become household names like Neil Dudgeon (Midsomer Murders), Nathaniel Parker (Inspector Lynley), and Jeremy Northam (The Crown).

It was also arguably the finest moment of Spitfire Mk.IX MH434’s long career. She’s pictured above during a display that the S&G savoured at Old Warden in 2016. But better than that, better than her low pass down the main straight at Goodwood or her celebrated buzzing of Alain de Cadanet she went under the largest single-span bridge in Britain.

It’s quite a big bridge but in a Spitfire it’s threading the needle. And then some.

Because before CGI there was Ray Hanna.

6 thoughts on “MH434 in full flight

  1. My gosh, 30 years already? I remember it ran on the local PBS and I had to set the VCR to record it each evening because I had to work after school and I didn’t get home until after it aired.

    • First episode screened in October 1988! I’ve still got my VHS copy but no player – fortunately it’s on DVD for pennies these days, although sadly none of the period adverts are included. Still far and away the best Battle of Britain story yet told in fiction.

      • I’m looking forward to Ridley Scott’s proposed remake of The Battle of Britain and to S&G’s review of same. Meantime, a photo of Ray Hanna’s Goodwood start/finish strafe is displayed in my library.

  2. Before CGI there was Ray Hanna. INDEED. And there is nothing but nothing so glorious as the sound of a Rolls Royce Merlin.

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