The 2018 Typhoon Display Team
The Typhoon display circuit is a culmination of months of hard work, detailed preparation and concerted effort by the team behind the display. Whilst it is the pilot who displays the aircraft, he cannot even begin to do his job without the unfaltering commitment and backing of the dedicated group of professionals that make up the Typhoon Display Team.
This year’s team, from 29(R) Squadron will comprise a specialist from every aircraft trade along with support and management teams to assist both the pilot and the trades, all of whom work closely together to bring you the dazzling spectacle that is the Typhoon Display.
The team look forward to the unique challenges that a display season brings and the opportunity to showcase the Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft to the general public.
2018 is the Centenary year of the Royal Air Force and so will add an extra element to the display; celebrating our proud history, enjoying the present and looking forward to the future.
Flight Lieutenant Ryan Lawton
Ryan left the Tornado GR4 in 2010 to take up a position in the Typhoon simulator at RAF Coningsby. In 2011, he was selected to take part in a trial to complete the Typhoon conversion course, purely in the simulator! The trial was a success and Ryan was posted to XI(F) Sqn in 2012. During this tour, he took part in the first RAF Typhoon deployment to Exercise RED FLAG in Las Vegas and conducted Quick Reaction Alert duties in the UK and Falkland Islands.
In 2014, Ryan joined 29(R)Sqn, where his current role is to teach student pilots to operate the Typhoon. In addition to his instructional duties, Ryan contributes to RAF Coningsby’ s primary task of defending UK sovereign airspace.
The Engineering Team
The display team consists of specialists in Mechanical Engineering, Avionics and Weapons Systems. These are the technicians you will see working directly on the aircraft at Air Shows.
The Engineering Team is split into three teams, each named after an aircraft type previously flown by 29(R) Squadron. The teams consist of five technicians, led by a SNCO and contain each of the three aircraft trades which means they are able to prepare the aircraft ready for each display.
The teams are made up of Engineers from 29(R) Squadron at RAF Coningsby, who are all volunteers and join the team in addition to their normal squadron duties. Volunteers go through a selection process which ensures that each team have the required engineering authorisations to be able to operate the aircraft from a different location during the season. They are very experienced with the right mix of trade skills to work in these small teams - with specialist skills such as Engine & Structural Health Monitoring to ensure any issues with the Typhoon are swiftly rectified. They will be working long and hard to ensure the Typhoon Display Team #BringTheNoise.
Team Phantom is led by Sgt 'Chaz' Merrell ably assisted by Cpl Mike Bevan, Cpl Michael Hood, SAC(T) Khyle Hodgins and SAC Hewitt.
Team Lightning is led by Sgt Steve Davies ably assisted by Cpl Martin Sherwin, Cpl Dave Holmes, SAC(T) Martin Maddison, SAC Tom Bailey, SAC Houldsworth and SAC Ashley Service.
Team Mosquito is led by Sgt Mick Maw ably assisted by Cpl Liam O'Keeffe, Cpl Fiona Johnston, SAC(T) Rob Stocks and SAC(T) Lauren Lewis-Coombes.
Senior Engineering Officer - Squadron Leader Gilbertson
Squadron Warrant Officer - WO Hooper
Flight Sergeant Bedson
The PR Team are volunteers from 29 (R) Squadron and personnel across RAF Coningsby led by PR Manager Sergeant Glenn Evans.
His team includes personnel from across a wide range of ranks and trades from RAF Coningsby including Aircraft Technicians, an RAF Policeman, Firefighter, Steward and a Chef. The process aims to select those with experience from previous years on the PR team along with the introduction a number of fresh faces, to provide a widespread variety of trades, rank and service experience to give a balanced team to carry out their duties.
The team in full are: Sgt Glenn Evans, Cpl Nick Jarrett, CT Matt Dilks, Sgt Neil Frost, Sgt Andy Wheatley, Cpl Andy Kubat, Cpl Adam Vincent, Cpl Shona Weller, SAC(T) Chris Kendall, SAC(T) John Howard, SAC Marie Spencer, SAC Zoe Bell and SAC Gareth Martin.
These are the people you will see out working hard to promote the Typhoon Display Team and the Royal Air Force at Air Shows across the UK & Europe in 2018.
Ground Support System
Information Communication Technology (ICT) Technicians play a pivotal role in setting up, operating, and maintaining the vital Ground Support System (GSS) essential for continued maintenance of the Typhoon aircraft away from its main operating base. This is achieved by empowering Mechanical, Avionic and Weapons trades with the ICT capability to diagnose the critical engineering data produced by the aircraft's advanced computer systems.
The team in full is: SAC Dean Wiltshire, Cpl Paul Blake, SAC Andrew Clapham, SAC Kurtis Middleton, Cpl Andy McDade and Cpl Matthew Weale.
The GSS Team may not always be seen at Air Shows but without their expertise, Flt Lt Lawton, the Typhoon aircraft and the team would simply not be able to operate across the UK & Europe in 2018. They are the unsung heroes of the team.