WWII veteran Stuart King returns to Duxford to mark the RAF centenary

WWII veteran Stuart King returns to Duxford to mark the RAF centenary

On the eve of the RAF’s centenary, ninety-six-year old war veteran Stuart King proudly returned to IWM Duxford to launch the newest floatplane in the MAF fleet and reflect on his RAF memories.

Stuart, who was based at RAF Duxford in the aftermath of WWII as a Flight Lieutenant and Chief Technical Officer, was delighted to unveil an Amphibious Cessna Caravan 208, which will serve MAF Bangladesh.

Stuart King in RAF uniform

MAF was established by Stuart and a handful of RAF personnel in the aftermath of WWII. Born from a desire to use aircraft for the good of those in great need, today MAF flies to over 1,500 remote locations across 26 developing countries, delivering vital aid to locations only accessible by air. This is more destinations than any airline in the world.

Stuart was delighted to return to IWM Duxford on the eve of the RAF’s centenary anniversary for a unique chance to celebrate aviation, personal memories and the vital, life-saving work of his international charity.

MAF UK welcome an Amphibious Cessna Caravan at IWM Duxford, and Stuart King returns to dedicate the plane and reflect on life in the RAF

Stuart said: 'My memories of Duxford are fond ones, and it’s a pleasure to return to this important, historic place to reflect on past times and celebrate the future of what we can achieve through aviation.

'MAF has been a huge and vital part of my life, and I am grateful to God for how my skills – together with many inspiring men and women – have been used for good around the world. I have had the tremendous privilege of seeing all this happen, and I am amazed that all these years later, I am still considerably involved!'

 

Stuart King looking at the new floatplane for Bangladesh at Duxford

'This new MAF floatplane will enable more lifesaving flights to help those in desperate need in Bangladesh long into the future, and my prayer is that their lives would be transformed.'