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Flight Lieutenant Matt Masters

2017 Red 4 Story Age: 41

Education

Matt was educated at King Edward VI school, Southampton where he was awarded an RAF Sixth Form and Flying Scholarship. As a result, in 1993 Matt obtained his Private Pilots License before his driving license and then subsequently went on to gain a Master of Engineering at the University of Bristol. Keen on sport and aviation, Matt joined Bristol University Air Squadron where he completed Elementary Flying Training. Degree complete and following a three month round-the-world trip, Matt was ready to pursue a career in the RAF.

Career

Matt joined the RAF in November 1998 and on completion of Fast Jet training was selected to be an Qualified Flying Instructor on the Tucano at RAF Linton On Ouse for his first tour. Following the Tactical Weapons Course on 19(F) Sqn at RAF Valley, Matt was posted to RAF Leuchars flying the Tornado F3. Ensuring the UK and Falkland Island Air Defence capabilities on Quick Reaction Alert, Matt also completed several multi-national exercises, namely Red Flag in Las Vegas USA, TLP in Denmark and ATLC in the Middle East.

Following his time on the Tornado F3, Matt has enjoyed a tour at RAF High Wycombe combining time in the National Air and Space Operations Centre with the Air Command Current Operations team. He has more recently been flying on 100 Squadron as part of the RAF’s Aggressor squadron flying the Hawk T Mk1 based at RAF Leeming. This is Matt's second year on the team.

Background:
Matt is keen on most sports. He follows International rugby, Formula 1 and English cricket and takes part in skiing and sailing. As a keen DIY enthusiast, Matt would like to build and live in his own home.

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