As many of you will know, we here at KryptoKloud have an enduring passion for supporting the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group’s endeavour to rebuild a flying memorial to the brave 666 service people who lost their lives during the Second World War. On Saturday 1st April, our team were treated to a fantastic day and a very special guest.
Our CEO Paul Burrows and Cyber Business Director Andy Marchant were thrilled to be invited to see the progress and help kickstart the £6.5 million funding required. Held at the Duxford aerodrome; there was an opportunity to learn more about the project. However, one man stole the show
At 100 years old, former Hawker Typhoon and Hurricane pilot Bernard Gardiner met guests , engineers on the project, and even current serving RAF pilots who fly the namesake Eurofighter Typhoon. Bernard, who flew 71 combat missions is now one of only four surviving Typhoon pilots. Of the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group’s goal, Bernard said,
“I’m absolutely delighted to know that the HTPG are rebuilding one. I would love to see it fly and hear the sound of the Sabre one more time. I hope they succeed.”
Having met previously, we were proud to bestow upon Bernard our highest honour – our much-coveted KryptoBear. While he was very happy with his new companion, his trip in a two-seater Hawker Hurricane the day after may be his highlight of the event! This may make him the oldest person to fly in a Hurricane, so keep your eyes peeled on the Guinness World Records.
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