The BBMF team consists of a full-time staff of the Officer Commanding (a Squadron Leader pilot), 30 engineering tradesmen headed by the Flight's Senior Engineering Officer (a Warrant Officer) and HQ staff consisting of a Flight Operations Officer, Flight Operations Assistant, a small Public Relations team and Admin support.
These full-time staff members are augmented by the Flight’s volunteer aircrew, all of whom have primary duties in the RAF and who fly the BBMF aircraft mainly in their own time – a considerable commitment.
The fighter aircraft types (Spitfire and Hurricane) are flown by modern RAF [link not available], whilst the Dakota and Lancaster are flown by RAF pilots with a background on heavy, multi-engine aircraft.
The BBMF Engineering team, led by the Senior Engineering Officer and his management team (a Flight Sergeant Junior Engineering Officer, two Full-Time-Reserve-Service (FTRS) Chief Technicians and three regular Sergeants) are responsible for the maintenance, to fully airworthy condition, of the Flight’s twelve historic aircraft. The engineers who make up this relatively small team have all volunteered for duties with the Flight and serve a nominal three to five years tour of duty.
To read more about the elements that make up the BBMF team, use the navigation below or on the left hand side.
Find out more about the Fighter Pilots.
Find out more about the Bomber Pilots.
Find out more about the Navigators.
Find out more about the Flight Engineers.
Find out more about the Air Loadmasters.