Awarded Siddeley Trophy 1933. Parachuted from blazing aircraft 1935. Crashed into Irish Sea 1935 King's Cup race. Won 1938 King's Cup race at fastest speed ever recorded. Broke all records to Cape Town and back 1939 which remain unbroken today. Awarded Brittania Trophy 1940. Chief Test Pilot Castle Bromwich factory 1940. Awarded MBE 1944. Queen's Award for Bravery 1953. HRH Duke of Edinburgh awarded Gold Medallion for contribution made to youth of this country 1997.
"New and updated edition of Henshaw's classic account of pre-WWII flying and racing, culminating in his record-breaking flight to Cape Town and back in 1939. Excellent opportunity for those who haven't got an original to acquire a classic."
"Alex Henshaw's flying escapades with the Percival Mew Gull G-AEXF during the immediate pre-war years are the very stuff of legend, drama, astonishing good luck and high adventure. . . If you believe your meticulously planned day trip to Le Touquet to be high advanture (and there is no reason to believe in context it is not), then just read The Flight of the Mew Gull. Yes, it was sixty years ago, but the story still sets the pulse racing - and Henshaw's little wooden aeroplane survives in an airworthy condition at Old Warden, where close inspection will cause jaws to drop and heads to shake at the sheer audacity of it all."