With much sadness we report the passing of Lindsey Walton in early April. A long time HAA member and supporter, he was a stalwart of the UK airshow scene in the seventies and eighties, initially known for his appearances in the Nord 1002. In the absence of ‘enemy’ fighters at the time, it was painted to loosely represent a Me109, and Lindsey seemed to spend most summer weekends getting ‘shot down’ for the entertainment of air display audiences.
Chairman Wally Epton recalls meeting Lindsey in 1973, a chance conversation that resulted in ‘shooting him down’ from Hurricane LF363 at the RAF Finningley Air Show. ‘It was an encounter which grew into a deep friendship spanning 46 years. Lindsey will be remembered for his major contribution to the UK air show scene and for putting together such a diverse and colourful collection of warbirds on his Westmere farm.’’
‘His F4-UM Corsair, Stearman, and Morane Saulnier MS733 Cambodian Gunship were classics, but he will be most remembered for his ownership and display of the Nord 1002 Pengouin. They were Lindsey’s “toys” but for airshow organisers his aircraft were crowd-pullers that provided that extra pageantry needed to ensure air show success.
Lindsey’s contribution to the UK historic aircraft display scene will be long remembered, and I for one will not forget the fun we had flying those aeroplanes in his collection.”
The HAA offer sincere condolences to his family and friends.