Titchfield speed pilot’s collection auctioned for £50,000

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HE WAS the first man to fly at more than 1,000mph.

And yesterday a collection of aviation items belonging to the late Peter Twiss, who lived in Titchfield before he died last August, was auctioned off for almost £50,000.

Items ranged from the 90-year-old’s flying goggles, helmet, various trophies and awards, photographs, slides, letters, newspaper cuttings and official records.

The auction was held in Petersfield and was conducted by Southsea-based auctioneer John Cameron.

He said: ‘The items raised £49,730 and will go to his family.

‘By far the biggest things to raise money was the medals and log books, which sold for £27,000.

‘The auction generated a lot of interest from museums, collectors and descendants of the Fairey Delta 2.

‘There was a lot of interest in items and it generated a good crowd.’

Mr Twiss entered the history books on March 10, 1956, when he set a new air speed record.

He averaged a speed of 1,132mph and smashed the previous record by more than 300mph, which had been set by American air force pilot Horace Hanes.