Saturday, November 11, 2006

Peter J. Moneypenny 1927-Dec and Captain John William Hackett 1924-xxxx

Peter Moneypenny (left) with Capt John Hackett
Peter Moneypenny (left) with Capt John Hackett
F.A.I. Official Record Cover Flown by Canberra.
Date 22 Feb 1958

Route Washington/Caracas in a time of 4h 10m 59s with average speed of 492.95mph

Aircraft Canberra T.4 Serial 2E-39

Crew:- Capt John William Hackett, Peter Moneypenny and Lt. Antonio Leyba of the FAV

At the end of 1952 the first contract for the export of British-built Canberras was signed—an order for six B.2s for Venezuela. The sale on January 27, 1953, was made at a comparatively early stage in the life of the aircraft, and it augured well for future overseas sales. At the 1952  S.B.A.C. display at Farnborough,  the Venezuelans first saw the Canberra's remarkable qualities and so began negotiations to buy it. A second Venezuelan order was  placed, and delivered, this time for a larger number of B.8s and T.4 dual-control trainers. It was while delivering the final one of the latter versions in 1958 that Mr. John Hackett, Mr. Peter Moneypenny, with Lt. Antonio Leyba of the Venezuelan Air Force, established the official point-to-point record  from Washington, D.C., to Caracas.

Peter Moneypenny was one of three navigators that flew on the BAC TSR2