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On this day 50 years ago – April 5th 1968, a Flt.Lt. Alan Pollock of 1(F)sqn got pissed off and decided to do something about it.

He was pissed off that 4 days before there had been no big official flypast for the RAF’s 50th birthday, and that both the RAF and aircraft industry were being run down in favour of a spurious love of guided missiles.

So, he got into his Hunter FGA.9 from Tangmere (itself about to be closed), buzzed several airfields, the RAF memorial on the Embankment and the Houses of Parliament, and carried on by flying through Tower Bridge. He then went and flew inverted at 200ft over Wattisham, Lakenheath and Marham before landing at RAF West Raynham.

He was then arrested, the rest of the squadron detached to North Africa, but the MoD didn’t want to give him the platform of a court martial so he was “retired” from the service on medical grounds. He received hundreds of letters of support, and a barrel of beer from BOAC.

You’ll all be delighted to know that at the age of 82 Alan Pollock is still alive and well, although his career after leaving the RAF was in engineering, not flying.


On this day 50 years ago – April 5th 1968, a Flt.Lt. Alan Pollock of 1(F)sqn got pissed off and decided to do something about it.

He was pissed off that 4 days before there had been no big official flypast for the RAF’s 50th birthday, and that both the RAF and aircraft industry were being run down in favour of a spurious love of guided missiles.

So, he got into his Hunter FGA.9 from Tangmere (itself about to be closed), buzzed several airfields, the RAF memorial on the Embankment and the Houses of Parliament, and carried on by flying through Tower Bridge. He then went and flew inverted at 200ft over Wattisham, Lakenheath and Marham before landing at RAF West Raynham.

He was then arrested, the rest of the squadron detached to North Africa, but the MoD didn’t want to give him the platform of a court martial so he was “retired” from the service on medical grounds. He received hundreds of letters of support, and a barrel of beer from BOAC.

You’ll all be delighted to know that at the age of 82 Alan Pollock is still alive and well, although his career after leaving the RAF was in engineering, not flying.

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