Past, present and future….
Flt Lt Jim Peterson has some VIP displays left in the UK and one in Bahrain in November but after this he will be hanging up his helmet and handing over the challenges of being the Typhoon Display Pilot.
It’s been an incredible year for the RAF and the Typhoon force has been a pivotal part of that. Notching up a whopping 50 displays across the UK and internationally, Jim has certainly brought the noise. He has also used some of his precious time to raise money for charities close to his heart.
One such charity is the Jon Egging Trust and on October 11th we were fortunate to be able to sponsor an ‘Audience with the Typhoon Display Team‘ at the Lincolnshire Showground.
The event raised funds and awareness for the trust that does some fabulous work with young people. Their Blue Skies programme changes lives. We are happy to support the charity via sales of our Red Arrow products and through events such as these.
The event was compared by the exceptionally talented Flt Lt Mike Bowden (RAF Red Arrow 9) and we were treated to a great double act from Flt Lt Jim Peterson and Sqn Ldr Ian Smith (MBE), finding out facts such as:
- Uniquely Smithy has piloted a number of aircraft including; a Wessex, Chinook, Jaguar, Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster, Typhoon, been in the Blades, a civilian airline pilot AND been a Red Arrow.
- Jim dropped the first ever live Paveway 4 from an RAF Typhoon during trials in America
- Jim conducted the first ever preplanned night air interdiction mission in a Typhoon
- Mike Bowden is now off to the airlines after 4 years with RAFAT.
- The new Typhoon Display pilot for 2019 is…..
Introducing Flt Lt Nick Callinswood
What do we know about Nick? We had a chat….
School: Tuxford Comprehensive
Favourite Teacher: Mr John Gibson. History Teacher, former Navy Harrier Pilot
Route into the RAF: Direct Entry
Previous Aircraft: Tornado GR4
Views on becoming the Typhoon Display pilot: “I’ve always wanted to do this job, moving from 1 Sqn in Lossiemouth made my dream a distinct possibility and I am genuinely delighted that the boss has given me the opportunity”
What will you bring to the job? “More noise and more aggression”
What are you main interests outside of the RAF? ” I love snowboarding, ice-hockey and motorbikes, although these will have to take a back seat for a while now!”
What luxury would you take if you were stranded on a desert island? “A motorbike to tinker with to keep me sane”
We wish Nick all the very best in his new position and look forward to hearing more about his display as he heads towards PDA next spring. Big thanks to Jim P for bringing the noise this year and all the best for your remaining displays.
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Such a genuine pleasure to shop with Asali. The weekend bag and wash bag compliment each superbly, high quality, terrific detailing and (most importantly) embossed with the mighty Chinook! So impressed was the wife, I was dispatched to pick up one of the leather iPad/laptop cases and she loves it, stylish (so I’m told) and functional. To round off, I ordered one of the snazzy luggage tags; beautifully initialled and delivered very quickly I’ve had nothing but great results from shopping with Asali.
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Olley Leaming, RAF Chinook Display Team Deputy Supervisor 2018
*Thank you to Craig Sluman and Michelle Middleton for their generosity and help with photography.