Buckingham Covers - First Day Covers

Captain Harry J Linfield


Captain Harry Linfield's aviation pedigree can be traced back to the first world war when his Grandfather joined the Royal Flying Corps which was later to become the Royal Air Force.

As a boy he took a keen interest in aeroplanes, building models and laying on the lawn of the family home with an old pair of binoculars studying V-Bomber prototypes and Fairy delta experimental aircraft flying high overhead. He joined the R.A.F. at the age of 18 in 1955 and trained on Provosts and Vampires before converting onto the Shackleton. He first saw active service in Aden flying Shackletons in the colonial policing role. This was followed by a tour in the murky but intriguing role of anti submarine warfare which involved sonobuoys, magnetic anomaly detection, homing topedoes and atomic depth charges. From there it was an instructors course at the central flying school before proceeding to the R.A.F. College Cranwell to teach the cream of the R.A.F.'s new recruits to fly on Jet Provost aircraft.

In 1967 Captain Linfield left the Royal Air Force from Cranwell and joined BOAC, the forerunner of British Airways, to fly Boeing 707's. Ten years later he converted to Concorde and commanded some of the very early flights into New York's John F Kennedy airport. Of Concorde inaugural flights, Omaha in Nebraska and the arctic circle from Ottawa stand out in the memory, as does a flight to Boeing Field, Seattle. In 1985 he was appointed a Senior Training Captain and continued to teach new arrivals on the fleet the special skills of flying Concorde until his retirement in 1992.

His daughter has continued the aviation tradition by learning to fly with the University of London Air Squadron and she is married to a Wing Commander serving in the Royal Air Force.

Captain Linfield now lives in Sussex with his wife of 41 years and many happy memories of 15 years of flying the world's only Supersonic Airliner to enter scheduled service. He still studies flight trajectories but they are more to do with the golf ball than that beautiful much loved aeroplane.

His hobbies are sailing and golf.


Collectables Signed By Captain Harry J Linfield