RICHARD HENRY (Dick) HITCHINS
Richard was born on 23.2.28 and worked for BAC in the quality control area. He had involvement with the VC10, Concorde, and TSR2. He also worked on the construction of flying replicas of the Vickers Gunbus and Vickers Vimy. During the latter project he met AVM Don Bennett. The family migrated to Australia initially in 1956, but returned to the UK for family reasons. Following settlement of these concerns, they migrated again in 1970. Subsequently he was involved in Quality Control for White Trucks, and also joined the PFFA. He was an accomplished photographer, and took much material at airshows in the UK and Australia. He mounted a display of his photos in Garden City Shopping Centre, and met and joined the Queensland Branch of AHSA. In conjunction with these contacts he promoted the idea of the formation of an air museum and contributed to a fund to bid on the acquisition of a Canberra bomber. This became Queensland Air Museum inaugurated in 1974 and Dick was elected its first president. There followed a very traumatic period attempting to establish the museum and find a permanent site. This was achieved after three major moves, with the opening on the Caloundra site in 1987. Dick invited AVM Don Bennett to become patron, and following his death Mrs Ly Bennett took over this function. He stepped down as president in 1989 to develop a private consultancy in QC, and in 1996 was made the first honorary life member of QAM. He reformed the Qld. AHSA and initiated Aerospace Heritage Qld as an umbrella organisation. He passed away on 14.9.07 after a short period of illness, and is survived by wife Marianne, and children Manfred, Linda, and Dieter. Hangar 2 has been named in his honour.