Bill will eventually be responsible for developing the Operations Manual for RL249 and other operational matters. In the interim, he will be reaching out to other Mosquito operators to discuss any particular problems they might have encountered with the type, as well as working with Ross Sharp, Director of Engineering and Airframe Compliance, and our New Zealand partners to ensure that The People’s Mosquito produces the safest and most reliable Mosquito possible.
As Operations Director, Bill will also be consulting with former Mosquito pilots to glean as much data as possible. Bill has already been in contact with George Stewart in Canada; George is one of the most experienced surviving Mosquito pilots, with well over 1,000 hours on type.
During his RAF career Bill has flown around 6700 hours in some 35 or so aircraft types – mainly Vulcan, Jet Provost, Tornado GR1 and Hawk but was also lucky enough to fly the Lancaster and Dakota with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in 1999. Apart from the UK he served overseas in Germany and Saudi Arabia as well as visiting more countries than he can count in various appointments.
His last flying tour was as the senior supervisor to the Red Arrows, accompanying the Team on many memorable occasions – particularly tours to Canada, the Middle and Far East. He rounded off a long RAF career as a Full Time Reservist Qualified Flying Instructor on the Grob Tutor at Cranwell, where he was the RAF Solo Aerobatic Pilot for the Tutor in 2009-10. At the start of the 2011 season he returned to Vulcan flying with the crew of XH558, and was the last aircraft captain for the final flight in October 2015.
Bill brings to the project his outstanding experience, operational knowledge and a pilot’s perspective, which will be vital as we move forward. You can get in touch with Bill via the Contact Us page.