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Sgt Anthony John Ayre

4 Aug 1967 - 21 Jul 2014

Background storyboard regarding Sgt Anthony Ayre’s death and The RAF Flying Clubs’ Association (RAFFCA) aspiration to complete his Pitts S2E Kit Aircraft Project, named The Spirit of Ayre.

WHO

is SGT AYRE

Sgt Anthony (Tony) Ayre, an Engineering Technician (Avionics) by trade, had provided 29 years of exemplary service to the Royal Air Force (RAF) before he was tragically killed on 21 July 2014.

Having spent a week of summer leave with his mother at his house near RAF Leuchars, and set to return to his place of work at RAF Halton the next day, Tony was travelling to a friend's house for dinner when he was involved in a fatal road traffic collision; impacting his motorbike into the rear of a small queue of stationary traffic positioned on the blind side of a hump-backed-bridge, he suffered a horrific injury and died at the scene.

 

"A much loved son and extremely popular serviceman"

LIVING HIS LIFE TO THE MAX

A much loved son and extremely popular serviceman, the loss of Tony is still proving difficult for many to accept. Truly a one-off, his character, values and persona typified everything that the Service stands for and, whilst never marrying, he enjoyed a special closeness with many service families, friends and colleagues. In simple terms, he was one of those people who you occasionally have the privilege to meet in life and never forget - for all of the right reasons.

Living his life 'to the max', Tony worked hard but played even harder. An active member of many Service sports associations such as the RAF Flying Clubs' Association (RAFFCA), challenge and achievement was his mantra for life. Having gained his Private Pilots Licence with the RAF Akrotiri Flying Club in 2003, he had immersed himself in the world of light aircraft flying and served on numerous RAF Flying Club Committees. A talented engineer, he was considered a valued ‘asset’ at each of his member clubs and there is no doubt that his selfless commitment in ensuring aircraft were serviced and maintained ultimately allowed many others, namely Junior Ranks (JRs), to experience the joy of flight at very little personal cost. As a pilot, he had continued to develop his skills, achieving various qualifications and organising flying expeditions over challenging and unfamiliar environs. However, for Tony, the challenge presented by one particular flying discipline stood head and shoulders above all others - Aerobatics. Read More

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