Anthony James Fairbrother was born in Coventry, England back in 1926. He was educated at Bablake School and at the Melton Mowbray Grammar School. He continued his education at the e Havilland Aeronautical Technical School. After graduation, he worked in the design and aerodynamics depart for de Havilland.
In 1948, he joined the company’s new flight test department. He rose through the ranks to head the de Havilland flight development team based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire for the next 30 years before retiring. He died in 2004, he was 78.
What you may not know about Anthony (Tony) is that he was the first flight-test engineer on the maiden flight of the de Havilland DH. 106 Comet 1, the world’s first jet airliner, in 1949.
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