Flt Lt Paddy O'Hare stepped into the coveted role of the Typhoon Display Pilot earlier this year.
With a few months of practice under his belt and with PDA firmly in his sights, we thought now was a good time to catch up with him.
Find out what he thinks of his display, Top Gun 2 and a few other things…
How did Paddy get to 29 Squadron?
Adam joined the RAF as a direct entrant after completing his A levels and undertook Initial Officer Training at RAFC Cranwell in 2009 before beginning his flying training. Between training courses, he was able to use his previous qualifications from the ATC to hold as a Gliding Instructor for the RAF Central Gliding School based at RAF Syerston. Once he was awarded his RAF wings post Basic Fast Jet Training, he held with Bristol University Air Squadron on No. 3 Air Experience Flight at Colerne Airfield. After Advanced Fast Jet Training on the Hawk T1 at RAF Valley he was role-disposed to the Typhoon. On competition of the Operational Conversion Unit with 29 Squadron he was posted to the Front Line with 3 (Fighter) Squadron at RAF Coningsby.
Where can you expect to see Paddy and team this season?
Each display venue is different so sometimes Paddy will be based locally and be able to spend some time on the ground as well as performing his display. When this is the case he is usually accompanied by his PR team who are on hand to answer your questions and show you some of the kit used by the Pilot. It is worth checking with each airshow venue as to whether or not there will be meet and greet opportunities.
Airshows for 2022 confirmed include:
June 11 | Teeside Airshow
June 12 | RAF Cosford
June 25-26 | Scarborough & Cleethorpes Airshow
July 9-10 | Southport Airshow
July15-17 | RIAT
July 30-31 | Old Buckenham Airshow
August 13-14 | Blackpool Airshow
August 27-28 | Rhyl Airshow
September 1-4 | Bournemouth Airshow