One of the most high-profile names in the world of aviation was given a VIP tour of the Battle of Britain Memorial earlier this week.
Dr Fred Telling, CEO of the world famous Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), and his wife Barbara were shown around the Memorial site by Trust Secretary Patrick Tootal, Trustee Andrew Simpson and site manager Jules Gomez.
They also visited The Scramble Experience, where they were impressed with the vast amount of information about the Few and the Battle of Britain, together with archive film and audio recordings.
Dr Telling, who has competed in the National Championship Air races since 2001, racing T6 trainers, was appointed CEO of RARA earlier in 2018. He has served as T6 class president for the past ten years, has been a member of the Board since 2016 and became chairman after the 2017 event.
Dr Telling is also an Emeritus Board Member of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC and was closely connected with the establishment of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a secondary museum site in Virginia.
Dr Telling owns and operates several aircraft, ranging from a WW2 Mustang and T6 trainers (one set up for racing) to a Citation jet. He is enthusiastic about ‘Warbird’ flying and, as well as his position within RARO, is also President of the T6 Racing Association.
Dr Telling and his wife are also well known in the aviation world in North America and wider afield. He was involved in the development of the American Air Museum at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire.
Born in Florida, Dr Telling pursues a distinguished career in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry. They told Trustees they had found the Memorial to be a fitting tribute to The Few and had found the visit very informative.