1930s air racer and test pilot for Britain's most famous plane of World War II, the Spitfire.
He won the King's Cup Air Race and set a record in a flight to Cape Town, South Africa.
He flew more than 2,300 Spitfires between 1940 and 1945, about one out of every 10 built.
He grew up loving both planes and motorcycles, and his father, deciding a plane was safer, gave him one as a present.
He tested the Spitfires in World War II that often tangled with German Focke-Wulf FW-190 fighters developed by Kurt Tank.