Hanna was promoted to squadron leader on 1 January 1968 and appointed as the team leader of the Red Arrows. With an ever-expanding team, he was responsible for the drafting of the Red Arrows' display routine and the day-to-day running of the squadron, while also acting as the team leader in the absence of Squadron Leader Rodger Davis. In December 1968, Hanna was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his outstanding contribution to the training of the Royal Air Force. He was awarded his second Bar to his Air Force Cross in the New Year Honours of 1971, and was promoted to wing commander on 1 January 1972. By the end of the decade, however, he had been rotated out of the displays and was at the time of his retirement a group captain. He retired on 31 March 1974 and died on 24 February 2008.
Hanna was married with one son. He died in 2008 and was survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. He was a graduate of the RAF College Cranwell and a holder of the Distinguished Service Order. His Commanding Officer of No.16 Squadron from 1962 to 1965, Air Vice Marshal Harris, said of Hanna:
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