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Mark Linney -  Mark joined the Royal Air Force in 1980 (aged 18) and completed tours on the Tornado GR1 (16 Sqn), Hawk T1 (CFS), and Harrier GR7 (IV Sqn). He was an A2 Qualified Flying Instructor, having been a Central Flying School Instructor on the Hawk.


Mark was the RAF's solo Hawk display pilot in 1990 and winner of the Brabyn trophy in 1990 & 1991.


Mark left the Royal Air Force in 1996 and started his commercial flying career flying the Boeing 757. In 1998 Mark changed airlines and initially flew the Boeing 747-200 (classic) before converting to the Boeing 747- 400. Mark is currently a Captain on the Airbus A340-300/600 & A330-300. He has now flown over 12,000 hrs.


On the civil display circuit Mark has flown the Chipmunk, Harvard, Stearman, Hunter, Strikemaster, L-39, MiG-15, T-33 & F-86A.

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Cliff Spink CB CBE - Cliff retired from the Royal Air Force in 2003 after a long flying career which started at RAF College Cranwell on the Jet Provost. He then flew the Gnat and the Hunter before joining his first squadron, Treble One, on the Lightning F Mk 3. He flew nearly 1400hrs on Lightnings with 111 and 56 Squadrons. Cliff returned to 111Sqn, this time on the F4K/M and went on to command 74(Tiger) Sqn on the F4J. In all, he flew 1400hrs on the F4 Phantom.


In 1989 he took command of RAF Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands, and, in addition to the F4, flew the C130 and Sea King helicopter. In 1990 he converted to the Tornado F3 and was almost immediately detached to Saudi Arabia, as the Tornado Detachment Commander for the duration of the Gulf War.


In 1991, as Station Commander RAF Coningsby, he flew the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. He went on to fly other types such as the Hawk, Nimrod, Squirrel and Wessex.


In 1991 he met again Mark Hanna, who had flown Phantoms with him on 111 Sqn, and Cliff became a pilot with OFMC.


In the last decade Cliff has flown most types of prop fighter aircraft including P51, Corsair, P47, Bf109, Sea Fury, Wildcat, Spitfire, Hurricane; and T33, F86 & Hunter historic jet aircraft.

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Director of Operations 

Willie Felger - Willie learned to fly gliders and Tiger Moths as an ATC cadet before he had a car license. He joined the RAF from school as a baby pilot but was "chopped" from training and retrained as an ATC controller.

During his first tour at Coltishall he flew several times in the Lightning, caught the bug, and promptly re-trained as a navigator.  After one tour with 31 Sqn on the Canberra PR7 at Laarbruch he converted to the F4M and joined 6 Sqn, followed by 41 Sqn when it formed in 1972.  A tour with the Luftwaffe's 52nd Recce Wing on the RF4E followed. After a stint as an instructor at the RN College and at sea as a staff officer, he was back on the Phantom with 23 Sqn in the air defence role. He completed the first Tornado F2 course at the factory, but was promoted and returned to his trusty Phantom at RAF Wattisham and later in the Falkland Islands. 


Several staff and instructional tours have involved postings in Germany, Kenya, the Seychelles, Kuwait and Denmark.

Willie retired from the RAF in Dec 2002 but maintained his contact with aviation; briefly as a part-time controller in the tower at Duxford and several months as acting Head of Airfield and Security. He enjoys restoring old cars, shooting, golf and offshore sailing. Willie (Willem) speaks good German and passable Dutch.


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