- Neil Williams (pilot)
Neil Williams was an aerobatic pilot born in Canada. He died in 1977.
Neil Williams was born in Canada and educated in Wales, where also first learned to fly in 1951. After completing an engineering apprenticeship he joined the RAF, and was trained as a pilot in Canada, winning the course trophy and gaining his wings. He served in Cyprus as a Canberra photo-reconnaissance pilot, and returned to United Kingdom in 1961, where he joined an experimental squadron. In 1962 he graduated from the Empire Test Pilots' School, and also started competitive aerobatic flying. He won all the U.K. domestic competitions in 1965 and went on to compete in the World Aerobatic Championships (FAI WAC). In 1965 he was the highest placed British pilot in the Lockheed Trophy, and was Europe's best biplane pilot when he flew a Stampe SV.4B to 4th place in the Top French competition. He gained another 'first' for Britain in the following year by reaching the finals of the FAI WAC, and in 1967, flying a standard two-seater Zlín, he won the Biancotto Trophy. In 1970 he was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air, when he successfully crash landed a Zlin after a wing folded during aerobatic training. Three weeks after receiving the replacement Zlin from Czechoslovakia, he reached 5th place in the FAI WAC,; the highest place achieved by any Zlin pilot. 1974 was marked by the British teams'outright victory in the FAI EAC and Neil's solo win in the Coupé Champion in France. In 1975 he became British Aerobatic Champion for the eleventh time and in 1976 reached 4th place in the FAI WAC in Kiev. Captain of the British Aerobatic Team from 1966 until his death in 1977, he regularly flew at airshows and was best known for his displays in the Pitts Special, Spitfire, and the famous machines of the Shuttleworth Collection and for his test flying of unusual and tricky airplanes.
He was killed, along with his wife and two others, on 11 December 1977, when the CASA 2.111 he was ferrying from Cuatro Vientos Airport to the United Kingdom crashed in poor visibility into the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains north of Madrid.
- Aerobatic competition
- ^ Zlin wing Structural Failure Report, Flight International - 18 June 1970
- ^ Flight International 24 December 1977, p. 1846.
- ^ Flight International 24 June 1978, p. 1913.
- ^ Neil Williams Memorial Trophy, The British Aerobatic Association
- "AIB reports the Neil Williams Accident". Flight International, 24 June 1978. p. 1913.
- Geza Szurovy, Mike Goulian.Basic Aerobatics, TAB Books, ISBN 978-0-07-062926-4
- "Neil Williams". Flight International. 24 December 1977, p. 1846.
- Williams, Neil. "Aerobatics", Airlife Publishing Ltd, 1975. ISBN 0-9504543-0-3
- Neil Williams, Aerobatic results, german-aerobatics-com
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