Chinook Display Team

Display Team Captain

Flight Lieutenant Stu Kynaston

Display Co-Pilots

Flight Lieutenant Matthew ‘Schmitty’ Smyth

Flight Lieutenant Andy ‘Donners’ Donovan

Display Crewmen

Sergeant James ‘Big K’ Kennedy - Weapon Systems Operator

Sergeant Gav ‘Ando’ Anderson - Weapon Systems Operator

Sergeant Dave Cawood - Weapon Systems Operator

Ground Crew and Engineers

The RAF Chinook Display Team is made up of far more than just the flight crew and could not function without its engineers. The ground support teams work extremely hard to get the aircraft ready for display flying and keep it serviceable through out the weekend. Often they will arrive at the Chinook hours before the crew arrive to ensure that the aircraft is good to go whilst flight briefings are occurring elsewhere. Like all rotary-wing engineers they rightly take pride in readying an aircraft even if exposed to wind, rain or any other conditions during their pre-flight checks.

The engineers tend to arrive at a display venue by road, ahead of the aircraft, and often leave after it departs for home. The small, experienced teams are led by carefully selected engineering managers who know the aircraft intimately. The teams work long hours to make sure that enthusiastic spectators get to see the Chinook Display and, just as it is for the Display Crew, their ground role is a secondary duty to which they dedicate a huge amount of time and energy. Their hard work and commitment is what gets the aircraft into the air time and time again and the display could not be achieved without them.

Team Manager

Master Aircrewman Vince Bartlett

Team Supervisor

Squadron Leader Olley Leaming

Team Senior Engineering Officer

Squadron Leader Paul Emerson

Engineering Team Lead

Chief Tech Marcus Ward

Sergeant Alan Brown

Media and Communications Officer

Flying Officer Chris Warr

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