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"Alex was a gifted test pilot and his easy approachability made him a natural at instruction."He was a very popular member of ETPS and we are deeply saddened by the loss of our close friend and colleague.THE pilot who died in a plane crash near Dinton on Friday has been named.RAF test pilot Flight Lieutenant Alexandre Jay Parr, of the Empire Test Pilots School, was killed when the Yak-52 he was flying came down at 10.50am."This tragic accident will be felt by all who knew Alex: a kind, loving, talented friend."Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time, to whom I offer my most sincere condolences.” Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, who served with Alex, said: “Alex Parr was an outstanding husband, father, Royal Air Force officer, pilot, test-pilot and friend. A tragedy.” Friends took to Facebook to pay tribute to the former RAF downhill ski racer.

He worked at the Empire Test Pilots School at Boscombe Down.

An Mo D spokesman would not confirm if Mr Parr was piloting the aircraft. Group Captain Tom Lyons, the Air Warfare Centre Chief Test Pilot, said: “It was an honour to serve with Alex.

"His contribution as a pilot and Royal Air Force Officer to the service in general and MOD Boscombe Down in particular was huge and greatly appreciated.

Rawdon Middleton was born on 22 July 1916 at Waverly in Sydney, a great-nephew of the explorer, Hamilton Hume. After a night raid on Turin Middleton's aircraft was damaged and low on fuel.

It is understood the bright yellow and blue, civilian Yak-52 light aircraft was headed to Boscombe Down after taking off at around 10.15am.

The survivor was flown to Salisbury District Hospital via air ambulance.