Roger Hayes Memorial Flypast, Kemble, 16 Sept 2023

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Roger Hayes Memorial Flypast, Kemble, 16 Sept 2023

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Roger Hayes was the CFI of the flying club Skysport UK, specialising in Beagle Pups and Bulldogs, which was based initially at Elstree and North Weald and then latterly at Kemble following his retirement from his main career in the Metropolitan Police.

He was also a very successful air racer, winning the King’s Cup four times, and one of the founders of the Beagle Pup & Bulldog Club, of which he was Commodore for many years.

As a result, Skysport was also heavily involved with air racing and then formation flying. So Roger founded the SkyHawks team to encourage and train club pilots in these disciplines. He also trained Royal Aero Club racing pilots and held an annual school at North Weald.

He died suddenly last December and his many friends wanted to hold a memorial flypast for him. This was cancelled several times, but finally went ahead at Kemble on Saturday with his wife Carole and his family there to witness the tribute.

I was a member of Skysport and flew formations with Roger many times, was involved in air racing with him, and managed the SkyHawks for him for several years, so it was nice to meet up with old friends once again.

The flypast formation included his group’s Bulldog G-BCUS (bearing his personal air race number 121) and Pup 100 G-AWKO, which are based at Kemble. Roger also collaborated with Chipmunk pilots and one took part as well. The weather was pretty claggy, but it was an enjoyable event, nevertheless.

Some of the static line including Royal Hong Kong Auxilliary Air Force Bulldog HK-5 (G-BULL) and Chipmunk WD359/G-BBMN. At one time Roger had a share in HK-6/G-BPCL at North Weald.

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The aircraft did a simultaneous start and taxied out

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They flew a phased stream take off. The Chipmunk and Pup 100 went first. The Pup was the slowest aircraft and experience has shown that formating on it is very difficult in turns. They then established a comfortable formation speed of 90 knots allowing the Bulldogs to join up for the flypast with G-BCUS doing a 'Missing Man'

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The aircraft then landed and parked up again, mission accomplished!

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Group shot of the pilots with Roger's wife Carole

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Re: Roger Hayes Memorial Flypast, Kemble, 16 Sept 2023

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This has a personal connection with me, as I knew Roger quite well back in the 70's, as my Dad was a serving Met.Police officer and we lived quite close to Denham Aerodrome where the Met Police Flying Club were based, which Roger was a leading member of, so Dad took me to Denham for Club events as often as he could, especially the flour bombing fete's and other events, as well as the social functions.
It was thus Roger who arranged for my very first flight in an aircraft, the Met Police Flying Club's Piper Cherokee. Another time Roger took myself up with my Dad for a flight and let my Dad have a go at flying it, which wasn't a good idea as it turned out......which we did laugh about later!!
Later Roger was going for his Inspector's course for promotion and his thesis was about the benefits of Police use of aviation assets, such as helicopters, which of course in the UK we hadn't at that point started to make use of. My Mum, as a former trained shorthand typist agreed to help Roger with this as a favour. Roger was based at the Traffic Division garage nearby at Alperton, and would often turn up with his papers for typing up at our house in a Traf.Pol white Rover 3500.
Last time I saw Roger was probably about 1978 or 79, but everytime since I see a Police helo above or on one of those TV programmes I always think of Roger and his pushing the Met Police for aerial policing in the 70's.

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Re: Roger Hayes Memorial Flypast, Kemble, 16 Sept 2023

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Thanks for posting those memories of Roger. Skysport used to have its annual dinners at the Met Police Sports Club at Bushey.

The last time I saw Roger was at Cosford last summer when a group of us had a tour around the restoration facility there. He still retained a love of motor bikes as well from his traffic cop days!
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Re: Roger Hayes Memorial Flypast, Kemble, 16 Sept 2023

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These are the aircraft which Roger flew at Skysport, racing several. I flew half of them myself.

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These are some pictures I took for a feature in Pilot magazine about air racing with Roger at Le Treport in May 2006.

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The Turning Point marker is just visible by the road

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