Sky’s the limit for RAF man Noel

Flt Lt Noel Rees, Typhoon Display Pilot 2014, using the flight simulator at BAE Warton to practise the routine he will perform at the Blackpool Air Show. Credit: BAE Systems

Flt Lt Noel Rees, Typhoon Display Pilot 2014, using the flight simulator at BAE Warton to practise the routine he will perform at the Blackpool Air Show. Credit: BAE Systems

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When one RAF pilot takes to the sky over Blackpool with his breathtaking routine this weekend it won’t be the first time he has performed it on the Fylde coast – but last time he was firmly on the ground.

Flight Lieutenant Noel Rees, of the 29 (R) squadron, perfected the routine with help from staff at BAE in Warton, where he practised using a state-of-the-art flight simulator.

Flt Lt Noel Rees, Typhoon Display Pilot 2014 takes the Typhoon to the skies at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. Credit: Mark Wright, BAE Systems
Flt Lt Noel Rees, Typhoon Display Pilot 2014 takes the Typhoon to the skies at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. Credit: Mark Wright, BAE Systems

Employees at the Fylde coast site, where they are more used to flight-testing the Eurofighter Typhoons, helped draw up a series of ribbon diagrams to help visualise the routine planned for this year’s Blackpool Air Show. And since the routine was dreamt up on the Fylde coast, Flt Lt Rees has gone on to wow crowds across the country.

 

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