The Old Flying Machine Company, formed by Ray
Hanna and his children Mark and Sarah, maintains and operates
rare historic aircraft in airworthy condition.
Both Ray and Mark had exceptional backgrounds
in military and aerobatic flying, Ray as an RAF Squadron Leader
and leader of the Red Arrows in the 1960s, Mark flying Hunters
and F-4 Phantoms.
From the beginning the company has
specialised in film and television work, and has an impressive
list of credits to its name, including: Memphis Belle, Saving
Private Ryan, James Bond Tomorrow Never Dies, Dark Blue World,
Flyboys, Empire of the Sun and Piece of Cake. The company's
reputation and professional standing is driven by it's
commitment to display classic fighter aircraft in a manner that
emulates as closely and safely as possible the roles for which
they were originally designed. Every year, hundreds of thousands
of people across the UK and Europe, enjoy the dynamic flying
displays that OFMC provides at public airshows and private
events. This season, Old Flying Machine Company is operating the
Spitfire Mk IX and P-51D Mustang from its home base at the
Imperial War Museum, Duxford.
The task of displaying these wonderful
aircraft is shared by only 6 pilots, all with exceptional
experience in aerobatic and display flying. The company's
displays are renowned for presenting the fighters in an exciting
and safe aerobatic display, either solo or in formation.
From 1999 until 2003 the company flew the
highly popular and unique 'Breitling Fighters', consisting of
four World War Two fighters, at displays all over Europe. "