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Flight Lieutenant Matt Barker

Flight Lieutenant Matt Barker, aged 31, was born in London and is the eldest of 2 children. He was educated at Langley Park School for Boys, Beckenham where he was a member of 578 Sqn Air Training Corps. He joined the RAF in 1996 as a sponsored student reading Geography at Loughborough University. It was here where he completed his elementary flying training on the Bulldog TMk1 at East Midlands University Air squadron.

He began Initial Officer Training at Royal Air Force Cranwell in 1999 and upon graduation was selected for fast jet training which he undertook on the Tucano and Hawk aircraft. Following his Tactical Weapons Training at NATO Flying Training in Canada, he was posted to the Tornado GR4 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Lossiemouth in 2003. From here he was posted to XIII Sqn at RAF Marham, Norfolk to fly in the strike/attack/recce role.

During his 3 year tour Matt participated in numerous exercises in North America, Canada, France and the zech Republic as well as flying operational missions during deployments to the middle east.  In 2006 he completed the Qualified FlyingInstructors (QFI) course on 208 Sqn at RAF Valley, Anglesey.  He is currently part of the Central Flying School (CFS) at RAF Valley, and teaches pilots how to instruct on the Hawk. This is his first year as the display pilot.

In his spare time Matt enjoys many activities especially squash, hill walking, running and socialising.

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