1955! It all started with a plastic model spitfire....
My imagination was fired up – a few years later, joining the ATC gave me my first flight in a Chipmunk and I never looked back.
I Gained my PPL in a Tiger Moth in 1971 at Biggin Hill and then joined the Tiger Club in 1972 and things really took off from then – aerobatics, formation flying and air displays.
In 1979 I became a Commercial Pilot with Dan Air, eventually retiring from EasyJet in 2009 with 20800 hrs!
I flew in the biplane 4 with Tiger Club and this became the basis of our current 4’ ship display. Working with a team like this is extremely rewarding – the team spirit being the heart of the display.
Having fallen in love with the Stampe at the Tiger Club, I had the opportunity of buying many pieces of a Stampe (roughly called an aircraft!) in 1990 and spent 9 years rebuilding her.
I have led large formations (up to 21 aircraft), a 13 ship formation over Gatwick during the ash crisis , over the Olympic flame at Leeds Castle and last but not least a diamond 9 over the Bomber Command Memorial at Beachy Head.
I also did solo aerobatic displays for a bit of light relief.
In 2021, at the age of 74 and after 56 years of flying, I decided to take a step back from active Air Display flying and took on the role as team manager. In the future I will be involved in the training of new pilots, fine tuning of the display act and negotiating team bookings.