Clive Francis, RIP

On personal note, it was with great sadness that I received this news:

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Clive was a man of enormous charm, humour, and humanity. His wife, Claire, has been outstandingly supportive during many years of Clive’s illness.

It was my great pleasure to fly quite a few hours under his leadership of the FAST Club, based in Exeter, UK, in this lovely (Socata Trinidad) aircraft:

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During his RAF career, Clive commanded 54 Squadron RAF flying Hawker Hunters, as well as being involved in other exploits, such as:

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Kings Cup winner

In 1960 two Turbulents were entered for the Kings Cup flown by John Severne and Clive Francis. This was the first year that a Turbulent won the competition with PNZ coming home at an average speed of 105.5mph; Clive came second in the race with PZZ. Other Club aircraft that won the Kings Cup were, Fred Dunkerley in Tiger Moth G-AIVW in 1958 which later was used on floats by the Club. In 1964 Dennis Hartas won flying the Cosmic Wind Ballerina G-ARUL.

Picture © of John Blake.

Clive will be remembered very fondly by very many people.