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New kids on the block

Guy Harvey was at Coningsby to watch the display authorisation for the RAF's fast jets, which include a number of new crews for the 2005 season.

 

 

 

Tornado GR4
Tornado F3
Harrier GR7
Jaguar GR3A
Hawk T1
Typhoon T1
Tornado GR4 display crew for 2005 is Flt Lt Pete Griffiths and Flt Lt Matt Bressani from XV(R) Squadron.
Tornado F3 display crew for 2005 is Flt Lt Richard 'Dicko' Moyes and Flt Lt Gareth 'Gaz' Littlechild.
Harrier GR7 display pilot for 2005 is yet to be announced.
Jaguar GR3A display pilot for 2005 is Flt Lt Derek Sington from 41 Squadron.
100 Squadron Hawk display pilot for 2005 is once again Flt Lt Dave Harvey, a veteran of several seasons.
Typhoon display pilot for 2005 is Sqn Ldr Matt Elliot.
Flight Lieutenant Pete Griffiths's current post involves the training of student pilots and navigators for the Tornado GR4 in all aspects of flying, weaponry and tactics. He has accrued over 1,800 flying hours, of which over 750 hours are on the Tornado GR1/4.
'Dicko' instructs ab-initio pilots and navigators, as well as newly arrived staff. Whilst serving on 56(R) Squadron, he has also graduated from the NATO Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP). Dicko has over 1,500 flying hours, with over 1,200 being on Tornado F3.
The display was unable to be validated at Coningsby due to a malfunction of the nozzle rotation mechanism, causing the display to be abandoned and an emergency landing swiftly made. It will probably now be concluded at Wittering.
Derek is a dual-qualified QFI/QWI with the Training Flight on 41(F), and only the second such dual-qualified instructor in the Jaguar fleet's history.
This may be the last full year for a Jaguar on the display circuit, as the force will be reduced to a single squadron in early 2006. Hopefully the top brass will see sense and commission another display pilot for a further year.
Dave will be sharing Hawk duties with Flt Lt Chris Docherty from 4 FTS at Valley, who has a striking new paint scheme for his particular Hawk.
Matt is responsible for standards and evulation of performance with 29(R) Squadron, the Typhoon OCU. Recently promoted, Matt was previously with the Typhoon OEU, 17(R) Squadron.
Flight Lieutenant Matt Bressani is responsible for training ab-initio and refresher student pilots and navigators in all aspects of Tornado GR4 weaponeering and tactical flying. Matt has accrued over 950 flying hours of which over 700 hours are on the Tornado GR1/GR4.
Unusually for the display team Gaz is to remain operational with 43(F) Squadron whilst being the display navigator with 56(R) Squadron. Gaz has accrued over 2,000 flying hours, of which, over 1,300 hours are on the Tornado F3.
Also on the airshow circuit this year will be four Sea Harriers from 801 Squadron, making a final curtain call for this last all-British design.

Coningsby's operating ramp was the busiest since 56(R) Squadron left two years ago. Even the local wildlife was keen to get in on the act!

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