Lt. Alan Hickling, (ret.) Royal Navy's air arm (AH) gave a riveting account of the victory in the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race of May 1969, when their Royal Navy Phantom of 892 Squadron, set a new world air speed record between NY and London with a time of 4 hours 46 minutes, 723.8 mph, which was a new world speed record for the flight. The plan involved five in-flight refuellings, giving six supersonic legs. Lt. Alan Hickling and Lt.Hugh Drake were able to maintain a high true air speed in mid Atlantic, in warmer temperatures and they achieved a very fast final leg.
After that, Lt. Hickling and his group only had to concern themselves about landing on ocean-carriers, ...at night!
Alan Hickling is also a member of the prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). He generously donated numerous decommissioned aviation dials to the University of DC, Aviation Maintenance program.