Rob Davies MBE
Rob Davies MBE flying Maurice Hammonds Mustang (Marinell). Image courtesy Neil Hutchinson.
Meet Rob Davies
Rob Davies has had a keen interest in aircraft and flying ever since his father took him to his first air show when he was 14 years old. Rob's first flying experience was a pleasure flight in a de Havilland Dragon Rapide. This kindled his passion in aviation even more and in 1962 at the age of 15 Rob joined the Royal Air Force as an aircraft mechanic apprentice. As his aviation career progressed he spent two years working in Aden, mainly on the Blackburn Beverley. During the last five years in the Air Force he was on the Mobile Air Movements Squadron, mostly working on C-130 Hercules aircraft. Rob left the Air Force in 1972 and started a long career in engineering and in his spare time took up flying Microlights and Gliders.
As the years have gone on Rob has built up a collection of historic aircraft, known as Woodchurch Warbirds. Operating from an airstrip situated near Ashford in Kent, just a few hundred yards away from the old Woodchurch World War II Airfield. Rob Davies is a regular participant at air shows throughout the country, flying one of Maurice Hammonds P51 Mustangs or his own YAK-11 or T-6 Harvard aircraft.
Yakovlev Yak-11 G-YCII and P-51D Mustang G-HAEC Big Beautiful Doll. Images courtesy of Paul Bennet and Bruce Martin