The Historic Aircraft Association is delighted to announce that the 2017 Darrol Stinton Trophy winner is renowned aircraft restorer Guy Black. The trophy is awarded in recognition of outstanding individual endeavour and achievement within the world of historic aircraft.
Whilst his teams at Retrotec and Aero Vintage have previously been recognised for their remarkable restorations, and particularly their efforts in locating, rescuing and resurrecting to flying condition a range of iconic British biplanes, it was the founder Guy Black whose vision and energy brought it all into being.
The impeccable standards of engineering and commitment to excellence have returned to the skies iconic types thought long extinct, most notably the Hawker Fury biplane. Guy’s companies are also noted as key suppliers of components making possible the continued operation of historic aircraft such as the Hawker Hurricane, including two flying restorations in 2017 alone, and a further example almost complete.
The award was made on the occasion of the recent HAA annual symposium at the RAF Museum, Hendon, by HAA President Air Commodore R S Peacock-Edwards CBE AFC, and witnessed by Chairman Wally Epton.