|John Stephen Fairey|
|Full name||John Stephen Fairey|
21 April 1935|
Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire
|Died||8 July 2009
Bishop Norton, Lincolnshire
|Cause of death||Aircraft crash|
|Relatives||Sir Charles Richard Fairey|
|Air force||Rhodesian Air Force|
Fairey gained his pilot license in Canada, flying floatplanes. While at the University of Cambridge, he joined the Cambridge University Air Squadron and flew de Havilland Canada Chipmunk and North American Harvard aircraft. In the 1960s, Fairey became a pilot with Cambrian Airways, flying Douglas DC-3, Vickers Viscount and BAC One-Eleven aeroplanes.
After his retirement, Fairey continued to fly in displays, particularly in his Spitfire trainer. He later sold this aircraft and commissioned the construction of a Fairey Flycatcher, which is now on show at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
Fairey was chairman of the Museum of Army Flying's Development Trust, vice-president of the Historic Aircraft Association, a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators. He was also Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire.
Fairey died on 8 July 2009 when the Percival Provost T1 he was piloting crashed in a field near Bishop Norton in Lincolnshire. The aircraft, which had been on display at RAF Waddington, was based at Brimpton Airfield in Berkshire. He is survived by his daughter, Sarah Jane, and his grandson, Alexander. His three sons – Richard, James, and Alexander – predeceased him. He also had a second wife, Beverley, née Halford.
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