Johnny Squier survived ejecting from a Lightning prototype at Mach 1.7 and 40,000ft. Ken Ellis recounts his remarkable career

Painted ready for their appearance at the September 1959 Farnborough airshow, development batch Lightning F.1 XG331 and the prototype T.4 XL628. ENGLISH ELECTRIC

Paperwork arrived in the spring of 1944 announcing that Plt Off ‘Johnny’ Squier had been seconded to Avro at Woodford, near Manchester, as a production test pilot. He was to work under chief test pilot ‘Sam’ Brown – the man who had carried out the maiden flight of the Lancaster in January 1941. Prior to this appointment Johnny had been flying with ferry pools and testing at maintenance units and before that, he had fought in the Battle of Britain. (See the panel.)

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