World Air Speed Record Reconnects with Scone

World Air Speed Record Reconnects with Scone

Featured Image: Group Captain Hugh Joseph Wilson and Eric Stanley Greenwood

See: World Speed Record | This Day in Aviation

See: Air Speed Record set at Reculver, 7th November 1945 – History of Manston Airfield (

I always knew my great friend and professional colleague Richard Greenwood was closely allied with flying aircraft and very passionate about all things aerial. He holds a licence himself and has also built his own aeroplane from a ‘kit package’ purchased online. Richard and delightful spouse Sue now live in Newmarket UK where Richard has pursued a stellar career in equine veterinary medicine.

Richard and I met when we arrived as ‘Ten Pound Poms’ in 1967 joining the practice of Murray Bain as assistants. I stayed and Richard eventually relocated back to the UK.


Richard and Sue’s eldest son now resides on the Gold Coast which brings them back regularly to Australia. They almost always fit in a visit to Scone and stay with Sarah and I @ ‘Geraldton’. On Sunday 4th. February 2024 Richard made a pilgrimage to the Hunter War Birds Memorial Museum at Satur. He was met by a local enthusiast who could barely believe the story of his father’s extraordinary life! If you follow the dialogue and links above, you will understand why. Richard was most impressed with the ‘War Birds’ display and was cognisant of the relocation of the WWII ‘Battle of Britain’ Hurricane to the UK.

Scone Equine Group

The highlight of the Greenwood’s visit was a conducted tour of the inchoate Scone Equine Hospital on Friday 2nd. February 2024 escorted by Dr Catherine Chicken.

See: Equine Veterinary Services NSW: Scone Equine Hospital

By remarkable coincidence Richard and Sue Greenwood lived ‘onsite’ at ‘Tarrangower’ in 1967/1968. They occupied the farm cottage on Ted Brooks’ dairy farm. The author (WPH) and spouse Sarah spent their honeymoon night in the Tarrangower Homestead when just married (26/04/1975). It was to be their home for twelve months. The latter event ‘sewed the seed’ when Tarrangower later became the site for the ‘new’ Scone Racetrack and HVERC/HVRF brought to fruition in 1994.