George Stainforth biography coming 2017

George Stainforth biography coming 2017

George’s mother disapproved so strongly of aeroplanes that he was forced instead to join his brother Archie in ‘the family regiment’, The Buffs, in 1918. He deliberately misbehaved so badly in the army that he was eventually thrown out in disgrace in 1923. Somehow he managed at last to join the RAF, and very soon proved to be a pilot of exceptional ability. The late 1920s were for George ‘Golden Years’ in which the RAF in effect became the family that he had never had. After being part of the RAF Aerobatic team in the late twenties, he joined the RAF High Speed Flight in 1929. In 1931, when the British team won the Schneider Trophy air race outright, he was chosen to attempt to break the world speed record in the Supermarine S6b seaplane. Watched by over a million people on the side of the Solent, George became ‘the fastest man in the air’, being the first to fly over 400 mph. After this, George went to Buckingham Palace to receive the AFC from the King.

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