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Flight Lieutenant Jon Bond

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Age: 33

Education

Jon was educated at Chigwell School in Essex. Aftercompleting his A-levels he attended Loughborough University where he studiedAir Transport Management and later gained an MSc in Transport Management andBusiness Planning. During his university studies, Jon was a member of the EastMidlands Universities Air Squadron where he completed his Elementary FlyingTraining on the Grob Tutor.

Career

Jon joined the RAF in 2006 and was fortunate enough to bestreamed to fly fast jets. Post Advanced Flying training on the Hawk T1, he wasselected to be a first tourist ('Creamie') Qualified Flying Instructor on theTucano at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. During this tour, he taught ab-initio traineefast jet pilots whilst also teaching both the new and returning instructors onthe Central Flying School Flight. Jon gained his A2 instructor qualificationand was chosen to be the Tucano display pilot in 2012.

After finishing his 'Creamie' tour, Jon then returned to theHawk T1 to complete Tactical Weapons Training and was selected to fly theTyphoon FGR4. On completing the Operational Conversion Unit, Jon was posted toRAF Coningsby where he spent 4 years on 3(F) Sqn. During his front line tour,Jon served on various operations overseas including providing Quick ReactionAlert to safeguard the skies both in the UK, Lithuania and the FalklandIslands. In addition to his operational flying, Jon participated in manymulti-national exercises including Red Flag in the USA, Magic Carpet in Oman,Bersama Lima in Malaysia and the Advanced Tactical Leadership Course in theUnited Arab Emirates. This is Jon’s first year in the team.

Background

Jon was born and raised in Epping, Essex. His dream was to become a pilot froma very young age and through a series of fortuitous opportunities it eventuallybecame a reality. He is a keen sportsman and enjoys playing tennis, footballand squash - all with varying degrees of success! He is also a loyal TottenhamHotspur fan.

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