29(R) Sqn Update
The 2011 Typhoon Display Season
Current Typhoon operations in support of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 have put display flying on hold for the moment. Despite this, the Display Team from 29(R) Sqn is continuing to work hard to prepare for the 2011 air show season.
Flight Lieutenant Tim ‘TC’ Clement has been selected once more as the display pilot for this season, after producing a fantastic display in 2010. He said: “It’s a delight to be the Typhoon Display Pilot for the second year. I’m really looking forward to displaying to the British public and further afield.” During the off season TC returned to his primary task of instructing on 29(R) Sqn and also became a proud father for the second time with the birth of his second daughter, Grace Isla. Conveniently, designing the 2011 sequence provided Tim with the perfect excuse to avoid the endless nappies and feeding duties!
The display has been completely changed from last year but once again showcases the amazing power and agility of the jet. However, with no display flying planned at the moment the team’s main focus has moved to its other primary task of promoting the excellent image of the RAF and the Typhoon. With constant reports in the media of the aircraft’s involvement in enforcing the UN No Fly Zone it is hoped that the interest in the team will be as a high as ever.
The list of events where you can come and see the team is almost finalised with approximately 16 different locations around the UK, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands making the final selection. Although this is a reduction on last year, and for the initial shows at least is unlikely to include the display element, TC and the team will still be present at all the large air shows on behalf of 29(R) Sqn and RAF Coningsby; as operational commitments evolve the aim will be to reinstate display flying at the earliest opportunity. More details about this, the display programme and all other team activities can be found at www.raf.mod.uk/typhoondisplay
The team management has also been working hard to raise sponsorship. The Typhoon Display Team receives no funding from the RAF for it’s PR activities so it is thanks to the generosity of companies such as Euroradar, Selex, Mazda UK, Rolls Royce and BAE Systems that we are still able to hand out free brochures, posters and ‘gizzets’ such as stickers and key rings. The PR work is being carried out by 10 volunteers. Headed up by Mr Robert Digby they range from Flight Lieutenants to LACs from all across the station who travel in pairs to the display venues. As part of their duties they will be raising money for our three new charities for 2011, Make-A-Wish Foundation®, Not Forgotten Association and Forces Children Trust. With the focus now fully on PR activities the team is hopeful of collecting even more than the £12,000 raised in 2010.