After one of the longest seasons on record Typhoon Display pilot Flight Lieutenant Jamie Norris has handed over to Flt Lt Noel Rees.
Flt Lt Norris, known as ‘Noz’ was began his display season in Malaysia last March with his final display coming in Bahrain last month.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as the Typhoon Display pilot,” he said. “I have been lucky enough to take the aircraft to locations in the UK and around the world.
“The feedback from the general public has been excellent; they understand the power and agility that the aircraft has.
“From my personal perspective it has been great to receive their applause, but it really has been a team effort and I couldn’t have had such a successful season without the support of our skilled engineers.”
Flt Lt Rees will take over the role as part of his duties at RAF Coningsby.
He joined the RAF 12 years ago and has previous experience flying Tucanos, Hawks and Tornados.
On graduating from Advanced Fast Jet Training, Noel was sent to 56(R) Squadron at RAF Leuchars to fly the Tornado F3.
On posting from the Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) he stayed at Leuchars and completed his first tour on 43(F) Squadron.
During his time on the Tornado F3 Noel took part in multiple overseas deployments and exercises to the South Atlantic, USA and Europe.
He was posed to the Typhoon Force in 2011 initially as an instructor in the Typhoon Training Facility.
“I will be building on the success of the previous display pilots, demonstrating the outstanding performance and agility of this fantastic aircraft both here and overseas,” Flt Lt Rees said.
“Whenever the display changes we always look at how it can be improved so I’m confident that this year’s display will be as equally impressive, if not a little more so, than in previous years.”
Practice displays will be commencing over the airfield at Coningsby around the middle of February with nine flights taking place at around 1,500 feet.
In the first week of March the height will be reduced to 1,000 feet.