Days of Thunder

Former Lightning pilot Ian Black reflects on the career of the late Mike Beachy Head

OBITUARY MIKE BEACHY HEAD

Mike Beachy Head.
JUSTIN DE REUCK
English Electric Lightning T.5 XS452 (ZU-BBD) flying in South Africa.
VIA IAN BLACK

Sunday May 21 was a dark day for the aviation world, as it witnessed the loss of one of its most inspirational characters.

Mike Beachy Head, who died aged 59, accomplished so much in his life. His love affair with flying began in the air freight business, following his military service. He quickly made a name for himself as a ‘can do’ person. A lifelong passion for British post-war jets led Mike to create a ‘living’ museum aptly named Thunder City at Cape Town in South Africa.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view. You can also access it if you’re subscribed to one of our Key Publishing magazines.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Why not join our community of aviation enthusiasts? Pick one of our introductory offers and access a wealth of world-class aviation content.