Our Volunteers

Major (Retired) George Bacon MBE TD

George joined the Royal Air Force in 1975. Following completion of Officer Training, where he won the Sword of Merit, he moved to 1 Flying Training School to train on the Jet Provost Mk3a. George was destined for a career as a fast jet pilot but was involved in an air incident which sadly led to a medical grounding. Meanwhile, a developing interest as a presenter led to significant freelance work as a broadcaster with the BBC, British Forces Broadcasting Service and wider event commentary work. Following a transfer to the Army and a full medical recovery George spent some years as an Education Officer before being selected again for aircrew training, this time with the Army Air Corps. George completed the ‘Wings’ Course in 1981 and undertook a variety of flying duties in Northern Ireland, Europe, Canada and the Gulf. George joined Pilatus Britten-Norman in 1991 as their International Military Marketing Director and became a consultant to the wider Defence Industry. Subsequent military employment led to further tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Germany before George joined the Army Air Corps Aviation Standards Branch. He became Air Displays Manager for the Army Air Corps with responsibilities for both the Blue Eagles and Army Historic Aircraft Flight at Middle Wallop. George holds a Commercial Pilot’s Licence/Instrument Rating has and he is the pilot for the Historic Aircraft Flight Beaver XP820 (G-CICP).

Mel Bacon

Melanie, a ‘local girl’, was brought up on a farm in Hampshire, where she rode and broke horses in for a hobby as well as being a helping hand on the farm – being a girl in the 60’s farming was not to be her destiny as brothers were to take over the farm. So with an adventurous spirit, she took off first to Germany and then on to Australia. Returning from her travels she landed a job in a local Estate Agents and is currently the relocation and housing adviser for the Danish Ministry of Defence, as well as finding houses for private clients. In her spare time she is actively involved with the Trust and acts as Secretary – and in her words ‘general dog’s body’ from driving the support vehicle to watching over the static Saunders Roe Skeeter AOP Mk12 – the non-flying aircraft within the Historic Aircraft Flight. For many years she has been the Executive Administrator for the British Air Displays Association. Last year she took on her first major public event fundraising role as project manager for Blackbushe 75. Now that the children have grown up and flown the nest, she has decided to learn to fly.

Chris Ballard

Chris joined the Royal Artillery in 1982 as a junior leader, He was posted to 43 AD Bty RA (Lloyds Company) as a Blowpipe missile operator and signaller, and was one of 2 gunners on the Javelin/LML trials team. During a Falklands tour in 84/85, his only transport available was the helicopter. With interest peaked, he took up model helicopter flying, photography, and caught an interest in flying in general. In 1986 he transferred to the AAC simply to be around helicopters and see where it would take him, which turned out to be 2flt 7Regt AAC for a brief period before posting to 3flt AAC at Topcliffe, N Yorks. Chris Learned to glide at Dishforth, representing the Army at the interservice gliding competition in a 2 seat K21, as well as taking any opportunities to fly that became available in the RNEFTS Bulldogs and Gazelles. He was then posted to command troop with 4 Regt AAC deploying on Op Granby (with cameras) and carried on gliding passing his Silver C and some challenging flying in the mountains around Innsbruck. Although Chris passed the pilot aptitude tests, he left the AAC in 1996 as a Signals corporal, RSI and skill at arms instructor to work in Audio visual systems, trading the model helicopters in for a Harris Hawk and a Tawny owl. The AAC never really wore off and a chance request for ground crew by the HAAF in 2018 left him wondering if he would be of any use as the only “non tech” regular AAC member of the engineering team. Chris took over the tool store and also helps out with some of the less critical work on the aircraft as well as basic husbandry. Chris retired from Civilian Service rifle shooting and as a tech in Hants Constabulary in 2020 and has gone full circle back to photography and videography, through which he hopes to reach as many as possible with the unique activities of the HAAF, as well as taking part in static displays throughout the season.

Conor Campbell

Conor started flying in 1987 and gained his commercial licence in 1994 at the British Aerospace College, Prestwick. In 1998 he became a QFI (civ) at RAF Barkston Heath teaching RAF, Navy and Army Air Corp students Elementary flying. After 6 months he transferred to RAF Church Fenton to teach RAF students. One year later he transferred to RAF Newton to teach Army Grading (AFG) and then in 2000 AFG moved back to its home of Middle Wallop. It was here that Conor first joined the Historic Army Flight (HAF) in 2003 to fly the last remaining AAC Chipmunk. At that time Conor was flying the Firefly T67 which replaced the Chipmunk. He continued flying and displaying the Chipmunk in the HAF at airshows all over the UK until 2007. It was not until 2010 that a chance conversation in Tesco’s with the then CFI and Auster AOP9 pilot highlighted the fact that the team were looking for a Beaver pilot.  From 2010 to 2013 he re-joined to become the Beaver pilot and formation team leader. Conor moved to RNAS Yeovilton in 2010 to become the Senior Pilot of 727 NAS / Manager but he always hoped to fly the Beaver again.  When the offer came in 2017, he took it. He has over 8,000 hours flying experience, most of which has been military Instruction, he is an A2 QFI.

Ben Cartwright

Ben joined the Army in 1963 and trained as an Avionics technician, with the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. He served in many aviation units, around the world: UK, including Northern Ireland, Germany, Aden, Persian Gulf, Cyprus, Sudan, Canada and Falkland Islands. Ben worked on all the types currently represented by the Flight, as well as the later Gazelle and Lynx helicopters. In 1972 Ben was part of the crew of two pilots and two technicians for a Beaver aircraft supporting the “Darien Gap Expedition”, to move two Range-Rover vehicles through 250 miles of the jungles of Panama where no roads existed. Their role was to re-supply the expedition by dropping parachute loads, which ranged from food and water to drums of fuel. There were a few airstrips, which could be used; especially important for casualty evacuation. The journey took four months. This was followed in 1974, by the “Zaire River Expedition”, where another Beaver aircraft supported groups moving by boat, along the almost 3,000 mile length of the Congo River. After leaving the Army in 1985, Ben turned to the field of Aircraft Restoration, specialising in the electrical rewiring of vintage military aircraft, ranging from Pre-war biplanes, through World War II fighters and early jet fighters, to the last-flying Vulcan, XH 558. Now retired, Ben is also a volunteer at the Museum of Army Flying.

Bob Gillan

Bob spent a total of 39 years in Army Aviation starting as a REME Aircraft Technician leading to Artificer training. He attended the Army Pilots Course in 1984 going on to fly Gazelle and Lynx helicopters for the AAC and later became a REME Maintenance Test Pilot. Bob transferred to the AAC as a pilot in 1993 leaving regular service a few years later. He served in the UK, N Ireland, Germany, Canada, Kenya, Hong Kong, Brunei and the Gulf in C Flt, 2 Flt, 6 Flt, 656, 664 and 669 Sgns and 70 and 71 Ac Wksps. On retirement, Bob initially flew helicopters for the Police and Air Ambulance services as well as serving eleven years with the AAC TA ‘Volunteers’ as a Lynx pilot. In 2001 he joined Mission Aviation Fellowship flying fixed wing bush planes in East Africa. He later managed a range of manned and unmanned aviation operations in Tanzania, Korea, Afghanistan, the Middle East and Europe. He has flown around 4500hrs in a variety of fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Bob owns a commercial drone training company and currently supports the HAAF as both an engineer and Scout helicopter pilot.

Colin Gillespie

Colin completed 23 years’ service, rising in the ranks to attain the highest non-commissioned rank, Warrant Officer Class 1.  Trained in all aspects of helicopter maintenance and management, he served in the following countries, Federal Republic of Germany, Cyprus and UK. He undertook all the maintenance activities associated with the first and second line maintenance of Sioux, Scout, Gazelle and Lynx. During his time in the UK he was employed in the School of Aeronautical Engineering to instruct all personnel in the principles of field and workshop management. Latterly in his career, he was employed in an area outside the main-stream of his trade group requiring a high degree of knowledge and experience. He has dealt with all aspects of non-destructive testing, vibration analysis and IT systems for engineering purposes. Following his army service, Colin worked as a Technical Author for Westland Helicopters before returning to Middle Wallop as a Technical Author in Aircraft Branch. Various jobs then culminated at Army HQ Andover where he retired in 2016. Colin joined the HAF as a volunteer engineer in September 2017. He is married to Elizabeth who is now also a volunteer with HAF. Colin is the HAAF’s Chief Engineer.

Major (Retired) Julian Hickman

Julian joined the Army Air Corps (AAC) in 1987 after three years flying Bulldogs at Durham University.
He was a direct AAC entrant at Sandhurst and completed a short attachment to the Queens Own Hussars before joining his Wings course in 1988. Julian’s first posting after his course was to the Netheravon where he flew with the Airborne Brigade as a Gazelle pilot. During his time with the Corps he undertook a variety of flying duties in Belize, Kenya, Canada and Europe. Julian’s final flying tour was commanding 7 Flight AAC in Brunei, flying the Bell 212. Julian left the Army Air Corps to pursue a second career in the City, founding and growing a business providing venture investment to small companies. He has maintained his enthusiasm for flying, both rotary and fixed wing and has owned shares in a succession of aircraft, including a Warrior, an Arrow and most recently a Bulldog. A keen sailor as well as pilot, Julian holds Private Pilot’s Licences for both helicopters and aeroplanes. He holds instrument and aerobatic ratings and is the pilot for the Historic Aircraft Flight Auster.

Major (Retired) Al Hudson

Al attended the Army Pilots Course in 1978. He flew Scout, Lynx, Alouette 2, Gazelle and Augusta A109, before transferring to Islander Aircraft. He served in England,N.Ireland, BAOR, Hong Kong and Brunei, where he was awarded a Queens Commendation for rescuing an injured Serviceman from deep Jungle.
After over 20 years he transferred to the RAF and flew C130 Hercules on Worldwide operations including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Iraq before been appointed a Sqn Ldr on 32 (The Royal) Sqn flying Hawker Jets. On retirement Al became a Corporate Jet Pilot and now flies long haul Gulfstream G650/G550 for a UK Company. Al has accumulated over 12,000hrs airborne, 5000 Rotary and over 7000 Fixed Wing. He holds a European ATPL(A) Licence as well as an American FAA ATP Licence. Al is under training to be a Beaver/Auster Pilot with the HAF.

Neil Knowles

Neil joined the Army in 1977 and served with The Life Guards in UK, Germany, Cyprus and Canada on main battle tanks, Scorpion and Fox and on horseback at mounted duty. Having always wanted to fly since watching the Blue Eagles rehearse at Hobart Barracks as a small child, Neil applied and was selected for pilot training.   On completing the Army Pilots, course Neil served in Germany, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Former Yugoslavia and Belize almost all on Lynx of various sorts. On leaving the Army, Neil became a Radio Broadcaster first with the BBC then Local Radio before spending 11 years working for BFBS the Forces Broadcaster all over the world.  During this time Neil continued his love of flying providing airshow commentary and reporting on and enjoying civil light aircraft flying. A chance opportunity of a flight in an Auster ignited an interest in this aircraft; the misfortune to sit next to Matt Roberts at the Lynx finale Dinner led him to the HAAF.

Captain (civilian) Jon Marsden

Jon enlisted in 1971 for a three year sabbatical from working in hotel management. He was encouraged to become a Royal Signals Technician by recruiters and qualified as a Technician in 1972, serving mainly in Germany. The opportunity for Army Flying was seized in 1974. Jon initially qualified on Beaver then Sioux, then back to Beaver to cover essential operational requirements. He flew in Northern Ireland for two years, then converted and flew the Gazelle. Jon’s Sioux flying included a season as a display pilot for The Sioux Display Team in 1977. After leaving the Army in 1980, Jon re-engaged in the family hotel business, as well as becoming a civil airline and helicopter pilot. He undertook most aviation activities, including bush flying in Africa, airline flying in Europe and crop dusting. He owned a small aviation company. Jon holds ATPLs in fixed wing and rotary wing. His varied flying history ranges from being the proving flight captain and sole initial training captain for a new airline, to TRE for Hughes 500 helicopter. Jon now flies and displays the Bell 47 Sioux helicopter for HAAF.

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Paul McNulty

Paul attended the Army Pilots’ Course in 1986 and joined 662 Sqn AAC in Germany as a Lynx pilot.  After a 3 year tour, which included an attachment to 665 Sqn AAC in Aldergrove, he was selected for test pilot training and attended the Empire Test Pilots’ School at Boscombe Down in 1991.  On graduation, he was appointed as the Chinook Mk2 test pilot on Rotary Wing Test Squadron (RWTS), where he also flew the Scout, Seaking Mk4 and Wessex Mk5.  Paul returned to Germany in 1994 to command 669 Sqn AAC flying the Lynx and Gazelle. When posted to a staff tour in 1996 Paul joined 10 AEF at RAF Woodvale, providing air experience to cadets in the Bulldog. In 1999 he was posted to Fort Rucker, Alabama to undertake AH-64A training, followed by conversion to the British variant Apache Mk1 at Mesa, Arizona.  He returned to RWTS in 2000 as the Apache Mk1 test pilot. Paul joined 2 AEF at Boscombe Down in 2003 flying the Grob Tutor, while his ‘day job’ included tours of duty in Bovington, Wilton, Afghanistan and Middle Wallop.  Paul left the Army in 2013 to join Handling Squadron, Boscombe Down.  He holds an aerobatics rating and practices the occasional loop and roll in a Firefly when the weather is fair. Paul is under training as an Auster pilot.

Lindsay Murray-Twinn

Lindsay was an art teacher, but re-qualified to teach adults in Further and Higher education.  She has taught literacy and worked in military education centres.  She still tutors individual students. As a child, Lindsay led a nomadic life living in Africa, India and in Europe.  She was lucky to fly on many interesting aircraft, from a Dakota journey from Africa to Croydon, to long distance flights on Super Constellations, Comet, the early Boeing 707, and Viscounts.  As a military wife, she travelled the world to a number of far flung AAC postings. She is an enthusiastic volunteer with HAAF and helps in any way that she can to promote the Flight to the public.

Major (Retired) Stephen Murray-Twinn AFC

Stephen joined the 13th/18th Hussars in 1965 serving in Germany and the UK. After completing pilot training in 1969, he served as a pilot in Malaya, Brunei, Hong Kong and Germany including Berlin.
In 1973 he flew as member of the Blue Eagles Display Team and transferred to the Army Air Corps in 1974. Following his transfer he became an instructor and again served in Brunei, Hong Kong and the UK. He was awarded an Air Force Cross (AFC) for services in Northern Ireland. After an exchange tour with the Royal Navy flying the Sea King helicopter, he retired from the military in 1989. Stephen joined Bristow Helicopters in 1989 flying in various African locations, Nigeria, Somalia and Mauritania, as a Training Captain and Deputy Chief Pilot, finishing his professional career as an instructor at Middle Wallop in 2013. Stephen holds an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence and is the Sioux pilot for Historic Aircraft Flight.

Major (Retired) Rich Pillans

Rich joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in 1994 on a gap-year commission in the UK, Germany and Canada prior to studying Avionics Systems Engineering at The University of Bristol. After commissioning (again) into the Army Air Corps in 2000, he served infantry tours with the Worcester & Sherwood Foresters and the Royal Irish Regiment in Northern Ireland before pilot training, later converting onto Gazelle and Lynx helicopters. Rich attended the Empire Test Pilots’ School at MOD Boscombe Down in 2006 and conducted experimental flight testing on the Apache, Chinook, Puma, Lynx and Dauphin helicopters. He retired from the military in 2010, having served in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Canada, Kenya, USA, and mainland Europe. Rich joined QinetiQ as a civilian test pilot, living and working alongside Airbus Helicopters in southern France while bringing the significantly upgraded Puma Mk2 into service.
In 2014, Rich returned to flying Chinook helicopters when he joined Boeing as their Chief Test Pilot. He now leads a team of pilots and engineers flying helicopters and fixed wing aircraft in support of all three services of the UK military. Rich holds both European and US helicopter & fixed wing pilot’s licences; he flies the Historic Aircraft Flight Sioux XT131 (G-CICN).

Neil Porter

Neil grew up with aviation in his blood, living alongside RAF Abingdon. At 14, he joined the local 2121 Abingdon Air Training Corp for 6 years reaching F/SGT status and enjoying activities including hiking, flying, summer camps at RAF Cosford and RAF Bruggen in Germany. He was a member of the full bore shooting team, twice representing Thames Valley Wing at the National Rifle Association, Bisley Ranges. At 18 he became an MOD employee at RAF Abingdon and was one of the few of people to see in the transfer to the Army RLC and re-named Dalton Barracks. He later was part of the Government archives centre, dealing with all MOD establishments. Neil went on to become a landscape gardener covering contracts in both Hampshire and Oxfordshire. In 2000, he organised the very first ‘Abingdon Fayre’ community event at Abingdon, which later became the Abingdon Air & Country Show and has grown significantly over time, gaining a place in the airshow industry, raising funds for nominated charities. With considerable knowledge gained, Neil helps at other events, notably recently the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight and International Jersey Airshows in a staffing role. Neil initially joined the Gazelle Squadron in early 2015 for two years, but left and joined the HAAF at the end of 2016. In May 2018 he joined Cotswold Airport (former RAF Kemble) to become Estates & Transport manager. Neil enjoys F1, walking, travelling and various outdoor activities.

Major Matt Roberts

Matt joined the Royal Military Police in 1977, where he served in the United Kingdom, Germany and Northern Ireland. In 1984 Matt attended flying training initially as a Gazelle Observer. He then trained as a Scout/Lynx Air Gunner – a front seat duty firing missiles, navigation and some limited ‘hands on’ flying and completed tours of the United Kingdom (UK), Germany, Northern Ireland, Kenya, the Falklands Islands and Belize. Following completion of the pilot course in 1990 Matt revisited Germany and Northern Ireland and saw further service in the Balkans, Canada, Norway, the Gulf and Afghanistan. He flew Lynx for ten years before flying the US Apache AH 64-A at Fort Rucker, Alabama. A period in Staff roles eventually saw him back in the cockpit flying the UK Apache AH1 until his retirement from the Regular Army in 2014, when he assumed an aviation advisory role within the Army Reserve. Currently Major Roberts is employed as a pilot for the National Police Air Service. In his spare time he is the Historic Aircraft Flight Scout pilot and Operations Officer for this year, looking after the day to day running of a group of very willing volunteers. When he can relax, Matt enjoys fly fishing and his classic motorcycles.

Philip Russell MBE BEM

Philip enlisted as an apprentice boy soldier in 1965.  After completing a three year avionic apprenticeship, he served 22 years in the regular Army. During that service, he worked on 1st and 2nd line, supporting Alouette, Beaver, Gazelle, Scout, Sioux, Skeeter, Lynx Mks 1/7/9 and Islander aircraft plus bay servicing their associated avionic equipments. In 1973, he qualified as an Army Hovercraft engineer prior to posting to 200 Hovercraft Trials Sqn and worked on all aspects of mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment on SRN 6 Mk 2, SRN 6 Mk 5 and Cushion Craft Mk 7 Hovercraft until Sqn disbandment in 1974. Final tour of service was as a founder member of 667 (D&T) Sqn, was awarded the BEM for contribution to AAC trials work at the Sqn and was recruited in 1989 by Ac Branch REME to join them as SRIM coordinator at the end of Army service in 1990. In 1990, Philip joined the Civil service as the Army SRIM coordinator and was responsible for coordinating the plausibility, design and implantation to service as appropriate of more than 600 service modifications covering every type and configuration of AAC aircraft (plus some installations for the Navy HAF Swordfish and all seven types of the then Army HAF aircraft). In 2003 awarded MBE for contribution to the defence of the realm and after 17 years service as head of Army Service Modifications resigned from the Civil Service due to the pending loss of Service Modification facility. He retired in 2007 but in 2018 volunteered to help at HAAF. Phil is the HAAF’s Deputy Chief Engineer.

Dave Smith

Dave started his working life as an apprentice aircraft technician at the Army Apprentice College, Arborfield in January 1972. His first posting was to Netheravon where he initially maintained Alouette, Sioux and Beaver aircraft until the Alouettes and Sioux were replaced by Scout and Gazelle helicopters. Further down the line the Lynx was introduced into service and Dave worked both first and second line maintenance on these aircraft. After leaving the Army, Dave became Chief Engineer at ATIL where for 17 years until the closure of Arborfield he led a team involved with servicing and upgrading the Apache training equipment and the associated services required to teach young aircraft technicians how to maintain the Apache helicopter.

Flight Lieutenant (Major (Retired) Al Sparks

Al was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1996. He served in 3RHA, the UK and Germany before attending the Army Pilots Course. He was the posted to 9 AAC flying the Lynx AH7 and over the next two years he served with all three squadrons (656, 664 & 672) including 662 Sqn in Iraq. In October 2003 he joined 655 Sqn, 5 AAC, as the Operations Officer and Training Officer before being selected for promotion to Major. On completion of the staff course, Al transferred to the RAF, taking a demotion to Flt Lt in order to remain in the cockpit. He joined 18(B) Sqn in 2007, where he spent nearly two years on multiple deployments supporting the troops on operations. The most important duty was with the Medical Emergency Response Team bringing critically injured troops back to the hospitals at Camp Bastion and Kandahar. Currently he is employed back on 18(B) Sqn, having just spent two years as the TrgO for 28Sqn, standardising new instructors on the Chinook. He has flown all over the world both from land bases and Royal Navy ships gaining extensive operational experience on operations in Bosnia, Iraq, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and most recently on disaster relief in the Caribbean. Al is currently the HAAF TrgO as he holds a CPL(H) with a Flying Instructor endorsement. He has flown over 4500 hours on various helicopters including Squirrel HT1/2/3, Gazelle AH1, Lynx AH7/9, Chinook HC2/2A/3/4/4A/5/6/6A, Scout AH1 and Wasp HAS1. Al currently flies the HAAF Scout AH1.

Paul Stanton BEM

Paul joined the Army Air Corps (AAC) in 1974 as an Air Trooper, and started his flying career as an Aircrewman/Observer in 1976. He gained his pilots wings in 1979, and went on to become a Qualified Helicopter Instructor (QHI) in 1985. He was also the AAC Display Team lead in 1987 flying the Lynx Helicopter. Paul served mainly in Germany and Northern Ireland, and following a 2 year tour with the United Nations in Cyprus was commissioned. He then took up Squadron and Regimental Instructor posts in various AAC units in Germany. Paul’s final posting with the military was as the AAC exchange officer at the Central Flying School (Helicopters) at RAF Shawbury, after which he retired from the Army as a Captain in 1996. Following a short period teaching basic helicopter flying at the AAC Centre, Middle Wallop, Paul moved to fly with the South East Region Police Air Support Unit (SERPASU) where he spent 2 ½ years flying for the London and Surrey Police forces out of Fairoaks airfield. In 2000, Paul joined the British Army Apache Helicopter Training Service working for Aviation Training International Ltd (ATIL) providing simulator training to pilots converting onto the Apache, and he is currently employed with ATIL as Training Manager. Joining the Historic Aircraft Flight in 2017, Paul has renewed his relationship with the Westland Scout which he last flew in 1981.

Neville Stops

Neville  joined the Army Flying Association in 1985. Following a flying course conducted by current military instructors, he gained his PPL, Night Rating & IMC Rating. He is currently an AFA check pilot and was the commentator for HAF for seven years. This role allowed him to fly in each historic aircraft. He has flown over twenty five types of aircraft in many parts of the world, which includes New Zealand, America and Malta. He was also able to take part in some aviation films. Over the years of flying, he has been able to fly Auster 9, and Auster 9 variants, Tiger Moths, Chipmunks & SE5A, a WWI historic aircraft. He was the tug pilot, flying a Tiger Moth in military training colours towing one of only three airworthy Kirby Kites, a single seater glider, used for training glider pilots. One of gliders is now a static display in the Museum of Army Flying

Major (Retired) Kerry Thompson

Kerry joined REME as an apprentice Aircraft Technician in 1973.  During a 29 year career he served in many aviation units in Germany, the UK, Canada and Northern Ireland, as well as on a number of exercises in Cyprus and Norway.  He also spent 3 years on Loan Service with the Sultan of Brunei’s armed forces. During his service Kerry worked on Scout, Lynx, Gazelle, Beaver and the MBB Bo105. As a Warrant Officer he was a member of the Aircraft Engineering Standards Team at Netheravon from which he was promoted to WO1 and posted as the Workshop ASM, 1 Regiment AAC – which he maintains was the best job he has ever had, before or since. Kerry was granted a Late Entry Commission in 1995 and spent the next few years bringing the Apache into service both from a training and engineering support perspective. Having retired from the Army in 2002 as a Major, Kerry then spent a number of years in training related jobs including 3 years with ATIL, the Apache training organisation.  In 2014 he joined QinetiQ and became the Lead Project Engineer for all in-service helicopters. Kerry joined the HAAF as a volunteer engineer in July 2018 and finally retired properly in February 2019.

Mick Williams

Mick is an Avionics Technician who joined the REME in 1967. After completing his training on Sioux, Scout and Beaver, he was posted to 70 AC Wksp at Middle Wallop to work on the major servicing line in 1969. His first overseas posting, was to Libya for 3 years, which luckily due to the revolution under the then Captain Gadhafi, was short toured. He was posted to Cyprus to carry out major servicing of the three Sioux helicopters from El Adem. Whilst in Cyprus, Mick was also very lucky to secure a further two year posting to 16 Flight AAC where he met and married his wife Ruth. During twenty three years of service, Mick managed to spend eleven years in Germany. He had a two year tour in NI and a further posting to Cyprus with the UN Flight in Nicosia. Having left the Army in 1990, Mick became a financial adviser for some ten years and worked with an old friend as a kitchen designer for a time. In 2002 Mick returned to the fold and joined RWSG Service Modifications team, designing and installing sophisticated modifications, missile warning systems and radio fits to battlefield helicopters for Iraq and Afghanistan; in his final year he became team leader. When RWSG was disbanded Mick went on to lead the newly re-instated Aircraft Branch, the then authority for all tools and test equipment in Army Aviation until his retirement in 2013. He is now a volunteer engineer with HAAF.


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