Neville Duke died over the Easter weekend

One of flying’s great heroes, Neville Duke, died over the Easter weekend at the age of 84. Pilot understands he flew in to Popham and was feeling unwell before he landed. He collapsed and was taken to hospital where he died shortly afterwards. A top test pilot, Neville, who was awarded the DSO, OBE, DFC, AFC, became holder of the world air speed record in 1953 when he achieved 723.63mph flying a Hawker Hunter F Mk 3 over Littlehampton. During World War II he became the Royal Air Force’s top-scoring ace in the Mediterranean theatre.His death follows that of Alex Henshaw who died in February aged 94.