04:02AM, Monday 23 July 2012
An aviation hero born in Windsor who designed iconic fighter jet planes has been honoured.
A ceremony was held in Alexandra Gardens on Friday to officially unveil a full-size Hawker Hurricane replica in memory of aeronautical engineer Sir Sydney Camm.
Among those attending were former Hawker chief test pilot Duncan Simpson OBE, other aviation gurus, borough councillors and residents.
The tribute project was finally completed after taking the Sir Sydney Camm Commemorative Society six years to finish due to challenges raising the £39,000 needed to pay for it.
Society co-founder Stuart Leigh-Davies said it had been a 'long-time coming' and everybody is 'deeply chuffed' to see it finally finished.
He added: "After six years the world's greatest aeronautical engineer has got a tribute worthy of his stature."
The former Alma Road resident died in 1966 aged 72, and designed 52 aircraft, including the Hawker Hurricane, Hawk and Typhoon.
Sir Sydney's niece Jean Corper, 74, was present to see her uncle honoured and said she was 'absolutely thrilled'.
Sir Sydney attended the Royal Free School and first nurtured his talent and love of aircraft as a youngster at the Windsor Model Aeroplane Club.
Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Colin Rayner, who unveiled a plaque, said: "It is a great day for Windsor and an ever-lasting memory to a great man."
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