[WWI] Healey museum
hopeandmercy at sbcglobal.net
Sun Jul 29 20:24:44 EDT 2007
Actually, the "Healey Hundred" was supposedly named that because it could attain 100 miles per hour.
This is a beautiful looking two-seater with a windscreen which can be tilted back.
Whenever I work on one, I am always impressed by its looks and sounds. I've never taken one up to 100 mph to check out Donald Healey's claim, however!
Besides the Austin Healey and the Silverstone, don't forget to mention the Jensen Healey, another fun but fragile animal. We have one on our lot which falls into the "nds wk" category if anyone is interested....
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Subject: [WWI] Healey museum
I was contacted by Bill Emerson, the Curator of the Healey museum in Virginia. Donald Healey joined the RFC at the age of 18, flew with No 33 No 75 and the No 100 sqns. With No 100, he was in the first batch to go over to France. No 100 was the first night Bomber squadron to be ever formed. He was shot down in a Fee on one of the first missions (due to friendly fire). Before that he flew anti-zeppelin home defense, and was also a flying instructor. According to his notes, he flew BE2c, BE2e, the FE2b and the FE2d. After discharge he went into race car development, and the Austin-Healey is named after him.
I was surprised to learn that he got his pilot's wings as a corporal - I thought that the non-officer pilot was a very rare bird.
Bill Emerson has Healey's pilot logbook, his notes, his RFC badge and photos, and is planning to put up a WWI section to the Healey museum. He is looking for models of the BE2c and BE2e, the Farman Longhorn (I have alreday offered him my Fee which conveniently happens to be in the No 100 colour scheme). If you are interested in parting with your model, you can contact him via email at
TheHealeyMuseum at aol.com.
By the way, No 100 sqn Badge is a skull and cross-bones and has an interest motto! Look it up. Was it ever the practice during WWI to paint the insignia on the aircraft ?
Is it also true that No 100 was the first ever Night Bomber squadron in the world ? Shouldn't the Zeppelins count as the first ?
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