A pilot from RAF Coningsby, who has flown over Buckingham Palace on several occasions, is looking forward to visiting there on the ground soon, to receive the MBE from Her Majesty The Queen.

Flight Lieutenant Antony “Parky” Parkinson who flies the Typhoon as a day job, and the Spitfires and Hurricane of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at weekends, has been awarded the decoration in recognition of his work on Typhoon and with the BBMF since 2005.

Flt Lt Parkinson said, “It is a complete surprise and a great honour to be recognised in this way”. he went on, “It has been a privilege to have been involved with the Typhoon Force from the early days and been a part of what it has now grown into, while at the same time flying the iconic fighter aircraft of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight”.

Warrant Officer Stephen Bowden, the Station Fire Officer, who was recently awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for an incident in Afghanistan, has now received the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM). This medal is awarded to senior NCOs and reflects a long career of unblemished service.

WO Bowden said, “I’m proud to receive this award. It is nice to know that my work has been appreciated, over a lengthy period of time”.

Flight Sergeant Paul Maddock has also been awarded the MSM. Flt Sgt Maddock’s career has spanned more than 30 years, and he has worked on such diverse aircraft types as Nimrod, Harrier, and Tornado F3. Flt Sgt Maddock is currently an engineer with 29 (Reserve) Squadron and leads a team of engineers who maintain the Typhoon. Flt Sgt Maddock said, “I have had a very enjoyable and rewarding career to date and was extremely surprised and honoured to receive this prestigious award”.