Monday, February 11, 2008

Trevor Egginton 1932-2014

Trevor Egginton joined the RAF in 1951, and following a short grading course flying the Percival Prentice in the UK,he was sent to the USA for flight training and combat training.
On his return to the UK he flew Sabres and Hunters with 67Sqn,222Sqn and 43Sqn. Following a ground tour in Aden,he transferred to helicopters in 1961,eventually flying whirlwinds with 22Sqn SAR at Chivenor.

He completed the ETPS course at Farnborough,graduating from No3 Rotary Wing Course. He then went to 'D' (Helicopter) Squadron at Boscombe Down testing helicopter before becoming a Rotary Wing Tutor at the ETPS for the next 4 1/2 years.

He left the RAF in 1973 to join Westlands and spent 15years there until retiring a Chief Test Pilot in 1988,though continued to fly for them for the next 2 years. During his time at Westlands, he set a new World Speed Record on the Lynx in 1986 (which still stands),and was recognised by the Royal Aero Club of Great Britain,winning the Britannia Trophy. He flew the maiden flight of the EH-101.