Flying the flag at 9G!

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This week, 29 Squadron at Royal Air Force Coningsby unveiled a Typhoon aircraft with a spectacular ‘Union Jack’ paint scheme.

The design covers large areas of the aircraft’s fuselage and wings and will be a highlight at air shows for the next two summers.

The 2021 display pilot, Flight Lieutenant James Sainty said:

“I am extremely proud to be literally flying the flag in this aircraft. I am confident that air show crowds over the next two years will share some of that pride when they see the aircraft.”

A Typhoon display 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 role without the unfaltering commitment and backing of the dedicated group of professionals that make up the Typhoon Display Team.

Officer Commanding 29 Squadron, Wing Commander Jim Calvert, said:

“We are extremely privileged to be displaying a Typhoon in stunning livery this year, demonstrating the amazing capabilities of the aircraft at venues across the UK and Europe.

“Special thanks must go to all personnel, RAF, civil servants, and industry colleagues who have made it possible.

“This new paint scheme brings me an enormous amount of pride.

“I hope that feeling is shared by everyone who is lucky enough to witness it perform this year.”

The aircraft will feature at venues across the UK and overseas in 2021 and 2022. It will also be flown at RAF Coningsby where it is used to instruct trainee pilots.

Pictured is Display pilot Flight Lieutenant James Sainty in the newly painted Typhoon Display Team jet at RAF Coningsby.

Photos: SGT Paul Oldfield  – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021. 

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