BBMF Bombers

The Bomber Pilots

Flight Lieutenant Tim Dunlop - Bomber Leader

Flt Lt Tim Dunlop

Tim was brought up in Nottingham and studied Aeronautical Systems Engineering at the University of Salford. Tim joined the RAF in 1997 after working as a compressor design engineer for Rolls Royce. On completing flying training, he was posted to RAF Lyneham flying the Hercules C130K. During his time at Lyneham, Tim was initially on 30 Squadron, before being posted to LXX Squadron where he became a Captain in the Tactical Air Transport role. He was involved in several worldwide operations including Iraq, Afghanistan and the Congo.

After a brief period instructing on the Tutor, Tim was moved to 45 (R) Sqn at RAF Cranwell to train multi-engine pilots on the King Air and eventually moved to the Standards unit within the Squadron. At the beginning of 2015 Tim moved to RAF Brize Norton to fly the new A400M Atlas and returned to LXX, where he is the Squadron Qualified Flying Instructor. As a pilot of the Lancaster, Dakota and A400M, Tim is privileged to be able fly the oldest and newest aircraft within the Royal Air Force. This is Tim’s tenth season with BBMF; he is the Bomber Leader, responsible for training and standardisation of the ‘Bomber’ pilots and crew.

Flight Lieutenant Seb Davey

Flt Lt Seb Davey

Hailing originally from Formby on Merseyside, Seb studied Aerospace Systems Engineering at The University of Southampton, graduating in 1998.

He completed RAF Initial Officer Training at RAFC Cranwell in 1999 and after Elementary Flying Training (which was started while a member of Southampton University Air Squadron) and Multi-Engine Pilot Training in 2001, was posted as the first ab-initio pilot to the Hercules C-130J at RAF Lyneham.

Following a 3 year tour as a co-pilot, including multiple operational detachments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Seb was selected for C-130J captaincy and completed a further 3 year tour as a Tactical Air Transport captain supporting, among other tasks, the Pakistan Earthquake humanitarian effort, operational airdrop in Afghanistan (including the heaviest ever operational airdrop from a RAF C-130J) and worldwide Air Transport operations.

On completion of this tour, Seb was selected to be an instructor of the Tactical Air Transport Course, again on the C-130J. Following this subsequent 3 year tour, and 9 years exclusively as a member of No 30 Squadron, Seb was posted in November 2011 to the role of C-130J Tactical Flight Instructor for No 47 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton until August 2014, completing 13 and a half years on the C-130J.

In September 2014, Seb was selected to become one of the RAF’s first Airbus A400M Atlas pilots. He completed the conversion to type in January 2015 and is now a pilot instructor on the newest Air Transport aircraft in the RAF’s inventory while also flying the oldest (the Dakota).

In his spare time Seb enjoys anything motorsports related and is a keen skier. This is Seb’s fourth year on BBMF as a Dakota captain and his second as a Lancaster captain.

Flight Lieutenant Neil Farrell

Flt Lt Neil Farrell Neil studied Applied Physics at Hull University where he joined Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron based at RAF Finningley. In his final year at university he was awarded a bursary and joined the RAF in 1996. Neil graduated from No.166 Initial Officer Training course and was posted to RAF Shawbury where he gained his wings at the Defence Helicopter Flying School.

Upon graduation from DHFS he was posted to Northern Ireland operating the Wessex in the Support Helicopter role with No.72 Sqn, flying in support of the PSNI, formerly the RUC. In 2002 he was sent to RAF Akrotiri with No.84 Sqn flying the Wessex in the Search and Rescue role. After the Wessex was retired from service in 2003 he became a fixed wing Flying Instructor on the Grob Tutor, teaching Elementary Flying Training at RAF Woodvale, Church Fenton and finally with Central Flying School Standards at RAF Cranwell.

In 2008 he converted to the Boeing E-3D Sentry (AWACS) at RAF Waddington and has subsequently been on operations over Afghanistan and Libya with No.8 Sqn. At the end of 2013 he was posted to No. 54(R) Sqn as a Flying Instructor on the Sentry Operational Conversion Unit.

Neil is a Formula One fan and this is his third season with the BBMF.

Squadron Leader Jamie Watson

Educated in Sheffield, Sqn Ldr Jamie Watson became interested in military aviation after attending the RAF Finningley air show as a teenager. After joining the Air Training Corps, his first experience of flying with the RAF was in a Chipmunk aircraft of No 9 Air Experience Flight, RAF Finningley. Gliding wings, a Flying Scholarship and a Private Pilot’s Licence were all obtained before he could legally drive a car. Jamie initially joined the RAF as direct entrant Airman Aircrew; following basic and trade training he graduated from No 2 Flying Training School, RAF Shawbury, as a Support Helicopter Crewman.

A posting to 72 Sqn, RAF Aldergrove operating the Wessex HC 2 was followed by a tour with 60 Sqn, RAF Benson – again on the venerable Wessex. Qualification as a Helicopter Tactics Instructor and Helicopter Crewman Instructor led to Jamie pursuing his initial pilot aspirations. After successfully being selected for commissioning, he graduated from RAF College Cranwell in May 1997 as the Sword of Merit winner.

Following streaming to Multi-Engine after Elementary Flying Training, Jamie graduated from 3 FTS having been selected for pilot duties operating the Hercules C130K. Initial conversion at RAF Lyneham saw a posting to 47 Sqn as a Tactical Air Transport Co-Pilot followed by conversion to C130K Captain in 2003. After a Captain's tour, he was promoted in 2009. A short tour with LXX Sqn saw him return to 47 Sqn in 2010 as Flt Cdr SF C130K until the aircraft was retired in 2012. A 2 year ground tour was followed by conversion to the C130J as a Tactical Air Transport Captain in 2015. Jamie is currently employed in a Sqn Uncle role within the C130 Force at RAF Brize Norton and has seen operational service in the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Central and Western Africa.

Married to Sally, they have 3 teenage children in further and higher education. Jamie and Sally share a passion for walking, camping and Formula 1. Both of them enjoy keeping active, cooking and eating good food from different cultures and exercising their working cocker spaniel gundog. Jamie returned to the BBMF in 2016, having previously spent the 2010 – 2012 seasons as a Dakota Captain and Lancaster Co-pilot.

Flight Lieutenant Paul Wise

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Paul, known as Ernie, attended King James’s School in Knaresborough where Battle of Britain Ace James ‘Ginger’ Lacey had been a pupil. As an Air Cadet, Ernie’s interest in military aviation grew through Air Experience Flights in the Chipmunk, and later being awarded a RAF Flying Scholarship. Ernie joined the RAF in 1999, initially as a Weapons Technician serving on 6 Sqn with the Jaguar at RAF Coltishall. He pursued his ambition of becoming a pilot, and in 2002 was selected for Initial Officer Training. Ernie commenced flying training back home in Yorkshire, was streamed Multi-Engine, and assigned to the C-130K at RAF Lyneham.

After conversion in 2005, he completed a short tour on LXX Squadron before a posting to 47 Sqn. Here he operated the Hercules in the Tactical Air Transport role globally, to include operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the C-130K commenced its retirement, Ernie opted to become a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI), instructing Elementary Flying Training at RAF Church Fenton. After this tour he was reacquainted with the Hercules, this time the C-130J at RAF Brize Norton.

Ernie currently serves on 24 Sqn Air Mobility Training Unit as a C-130J QFI. Teaching basic conversion and applied tactical skill-sets, he is also the Type Air-to-Air Refuelling Instructor. During 2016, Ernie was tasked to fly the first mixed-formation behind the RAF’s A400M Atlas for the Queen’s Birthday Flypast. He was also privileged to be the first RAF pilot to land at Saint Helena airport at the end of 2016.

Married with two children, he enjoys watching Rugby Union and is an avid Formula 1 fan. 2017 is his first season on the BBMF as a Dakota Captain and Lancaster Co-pilot.

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