RAF Coningsby is pleased to announce that Flight Lieutenant Jamie Norris will be the Royal Air Force Typhoon Display pilot for the 2013 airshow season.

The display will be returning to 29(Reserve) Squadron at RAF Coningsby following a two year absence. The display was unable to go ahead during the 2011 season due to operational commitments in the Mediterranean. In 2012 the role was undertaken by Squadron Leader Scott Loughran from 6 Squadron based at RAF Leuchars.

Flt Lt Norris said, “It is an honour to be selected as the 2013 Display Pilot; I’m looking forward to demonstrating the capability of this world-class aircraft at venues around the country next summer.”

Flt Lt Norris will begin practicing his display routine in the New Year.

Flt Lt Norris:

Jamie was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne and grew up in Northumberland. He was educated at Seaton Burn College and Northumbria University. Whilst studying for his degree, Jamie was a member of Northumbrian Universities Air Squadron (NUAS) based at RAF Leeming. He was awarded a bursary during this time and joined the RAF as a Pilot in 2002.

Upon completion of Advanced Fast Jet Training, Jamie was selected to be a first tourist “creamie” instructor. He spent 3 years at RAF Valley teaching students to fly the Hawk T1 before completing Tactical Weapons training on 19(R) Squadron.

Following completion of his training, Jamie was posted to 20(R) Squadron at RAF Wittering to fly the Harrier GR9. Upon leaving the Operational Conversion Unit (OCU), Jamie was posted to IV(AC) Squadron at RAF Cottesmore. During his time on the Harrier Jamie took part in multiple overseas deployments and exercises in Norway, USA, Canada and Cyprus including embarked operations onboard HMS Illustrious.

Jamie flew the Harrier GR9 until the disbandment of IV(AC) Squadron in 2010 at which point he transferred to the Typhoon FGR4. Following completion of the OCU he remained on 29(R) Squadron as a Typhoon Qualified Pilot Instructor (QPI). As a QPI, Jamie has trained many of the current Typhoon Force pilots and contributes to RAF Coningsby’s primary task of Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) duties.

Jamie is married to Helen and they have 2 children. His interests include classic cars and motorbikes, cycling and family walks with Max, their German Shepherd.