Jamie was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne and grew up in Northumberland. He was educated at Seaton Burn College and Northumbria University. Whilst studying for his degree, Jamie was a member of Northumbrian Universities Air Squadron (NUAS) based at RAF Leeming. He was awarded a bursary during this time and joined the RAF as a Pilot in 2002.
Upon completion of Advanced Fast Jet Training, Jamie was selected to be a first tourist “creamie” instructor. He spent 3 years at RAF Valley teaching students to fly the Hawk T1 before completing Tactical Weapons training on 19(R) Squadron.
Following completion of his training, Jamie was posted to 20(R) Squadron at RAF Wittering to fly the Harrier GR9. Upon leaving the Operational Conversion Unit (OCU), Jamie was posted to IV(AC) Squadron at RAF Cottesmore. During his time on the Harrier Jamie took part in multiple overseas deployments and exercises in Norway, USA, Canada and Cyprus including embarked operations onboard HMS Illustrious.
Jamie flew the Harrier GR9 until the disbandment of IV(AC) Squadron in 2010 at which point he transferred to the Typhoon FGR4. Following completion of the OCU he remained on 29(R) Squadron as a Typhoon Qualified Pilot Instructor (QPI). As a QPI, Jamie has trained many of the current Typhoon Force pilots and contributes to RAF Coningsby’s primary task of Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) duties.
Jamie is married to Helen and they have 2 children. His interests include classic cars and motorcycles and he is a keen cyclist.
Typhoon Display Team Manager
Flying Officer Callam Pearson
Callam joined the Royal Air Force in 2010 after completing his A-Levels. Upon completion of Initial Officer Training at RAF Cranwell he joined 54(R) Sqn, RAF Waddington before completing a short posting within Air Command at RAF High Wycombe. In January 2013, Callam assumed the role of Typhoon Display Manager on 29(R) Squadron at RAF Coningsby where he will remain until he starts Elementary Flying Training in late 2013. In his spare time, Callam is studying for a Masters in Business Administration and enjoys fitness training, football, swimming and motorsport.
Rob joined the RAF in 1989 as an Aircraft Electrical Mechanic. He has deployed at first line on Operations in Europe, the Middle East and the South Atlantic and has Instructed Officers and Other Ranks on both the Jaguar, and Chinook Aircraft. An experienced Battle Damage Repair Specialist he has successfully recovered aircraft in the field in Afghanistan before joining 29(R) Sqn in 2011. He is married to Amanda and they have two boys Benn and Matthew. Rob is a Classic Mini enthusiast and spends his spare time driving and restoring them. He also enjoys skiing, scuba diving, motorcycling and motorsport.
Typhoon Display Team Deputy Engineering Manager
Sergeant Dominic Moore
Nic joined the RAF in 1996 as a Propulsion Mechanic. He has served on 11(F) Sqn Tornado F3’s and at RAF Leuchars Visiting Aircraft Section (VAS). Nic has deployed on operations in the Falkland Islands, Saudi Arabia and more recently with the Typhoon during the Libya conflict. He has been on detachments to America, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Europe. Nic was promoted to Sergeant in January 2012 and remained on 29 (R) Sqn instructing both RAF and overseas ground crew in how to maintain the Typhoon. This is Nic’s second tour with the display team. Nic spends his spare time with his wife Sarah, his sons Jack (4) and Lucas (2) and following Bradford City Football Club.
EngOs Squadron Leader Matt Peak
Currently 29(R) Squadron’s Senior Engineering Officer, Matt joined the RAF in 2004 having completed a degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. He undertook his first tour on 12(B) Squadron, with the Tornado GR4. His following tours included the Hercules Project Team, 1 Group Headquarters Air Command and the Tornado Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation. Outside of work Matt enjoys walking, playing hockey, snowboarding and scuba diving.
Flight Lieutenant Ian Broatch
Ian joined the RAF in 2001 as an Airframe Tradesman, serving at both RAF Cottesmore & RAF Leuchars on Harrier & Tornado F3. In 2007, he was selected for a commission and began a Degree in Engineering Management at the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering at RAF Cosford, followed by Initial Officer Training and Engineering Officer Foundation Training at RAF Cranwell. In February 2010, he began his first tour as an Engineering Officer at RAF Cottesmore as OC Harrier Structures and Components Flight, before being posted to 29(R) Sqn RAF Coningsby as Junior Engineering Officer. In his spare time Ian’s interests include Mountain Biking, offshore sailing and golf.
Flight Lieutenant Keith Downes
Tim Joined the Royal Air Force in 2000 as an Aircraft Propulsion Tradesman. On gaining his Commission he graduated from Engineering Officer Foundation Training in 2011 and was posted to RAF Cosford as Officer Commanding 238 Squadron Line before being posted to 29 (R) Sqn in 2012 as Junior Engineering Officer. In his spare time Keith enjoys football, weight lifting, scuba diving and motorsport.
Flight Sergeant Christopher York
Christopher joined the RAF in 1983 as a Propulsion Mechanic and has worked on Hercules, Pembroke, Lightning, Tornado F3 & GR4 and Typhoon. He has completed tours in Germany, Falkland Islands and the UK whilst participating in numerous detachments to Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East. Yorkie joined 29(R) Sqn in December 2010.
His interests include walking, metal working and Sub Aqua. As RAF Coningsby Sub Aqua Dive Supervisor he regularly arranges and leads expeditions around the World and UK with a passion for UK wreck diving. Chris is married to Gail and has a daughter Annaliese.
Flight Sergeant Nigel Barker
Nige joined the Royal Air Force in 1985 as an Air Radar Technician and has been employed primarily on the second line maintenance of Tornado avionic and defensive aids equipment. He spent six years on a specialist Radar and EW Team at RAF Wyton, working on support aspects of new equipment projects. Along with numerous detachments to the USA, he has also deployed to the Middle East in support of Operations. Posted to Depth at RAF Coningsby on promotion in 2010, he moved to 29(R) Sqn in February 2013. Nige lives with his young family in West Norfolk, where much of his spare time is spent exploring the countryside, either on foot or in his Westfield sports car.
Team Phantom Team Leader
Sergeant Mark Harbord
Mark was born in Birmingham, but lived in Southwell Nottinghamshire for most of his civilian life.
He joined the RAF in 1997 as an Aircraft Electrician and first toured on 29(F) Sqn RAF Coningsby on Tornado F3’s. After his Further Training course he was posted to 31 Sqn RAF Marham on Tornado GR4’s where he served on many overseas detachments and in 2003/4 on Operation Telic.
Posted to 29(R) Sqn RAF Coningsby on Typhoon in 2004, he completed assimilation training to become an avionics technician and worked with BAE on Case White. This will be his 7th season with the Typhoon Display Team. He is a keen skier, scuba diver, cyclist and an accomplished Golfer having a handicap of 9. He has been married to Joanne since 2005.
Corporal Dean Bunney
Dean joined the RAF in 2002; as an airframe Tradesman. He was initially posted to RAF Cottesmore in 2003, and served on 3 (F) Squadron on the Harrier Aircraft. While on the Harrier force, Dean took part in two operational tours in Afghanistan in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 he completed multi-skilling training, and became an ATM (Aircraft Technician Mechanical). He then moved into the Harrier composite structure workshop at Cottesmore, before being posted to 11 Squadron at RAF Coningsby on the Typhoon aircraft. Dean spent over five years on 11 Squadron, completing deployments to America, Oman, UAE and the Falkland Islands. Dean has been recently promoted to Corporal, and posted to 29 (R) Squadron’s Royal Saudi Training Flight. Dean spends his spare time with his wife Jenny, and has a baby daughter Morgan.
Corporal Chris Boland
Chris joined the RAF in 2003 and after completing weapons training was posted to 27 Sqn RAF Odiham on the Chinook helicopter. He has completed numerous tours of Op Herrick and Op Kindle in Afghanistan and more recently Op Ellamy in Italy in support of the Libyan Conflict. He was posted to 29 Sqn in early 2010. Chris is married to Jacqui and they’re recent addition to the family has been twin daughters. Chris enjoys playing football and golf and he has represented the RAF at national level motorcycle racing.
Senior Aircraftman (Technician) Lee Coulton
Lee joined the RAF in 2003 as an Avionics Tradesman. After finishing trade training he was posted to RNAS Culdrose where he worked on 771 Search and Rescue Squadron maintaining Sea King helicopters for 3 and a half years. He also worked in the Merlin Depth Maintenance Facility and the Sea King Avionics Bay before being posted to 29 (R) Sqn RAF Coningsby in April 2009. Since then he has completed two detachments to the Falkland Islands. In his free time he enjoys watching and playing football.
Senior Aircraftman Chris Couzins
Chris joined the RAF in May 2011 as an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic (avionics).
After he completed his training at RAF Cosford he was posted to RAF Coningsby 29(R) Sqn.
In his spare time Chris is a competitive RAF Surfer and also enjoys playing football (supporting Arsenal).
Sergeant Tony Haley
Tony joined the RAF in 1996 as a Propulsion Mechanic and spent his first tour on a Visiting Aircraft Section. He then moved to the Engine Overhaul Bays at RAF Woodhall Spa and RAF Marham. Posted to Typhoon in 2007 on XI Sqn, he took part in several overseas detachments, including Oman, Abu Dhabi and the United States of America Moving to 29(R) Sqn in 2011, he has served on operations in the Falkland Islands and Italy. Tony is a proud Yorkshireman, supporting Leeds United and Bradford Bulls Rugby League team. Tony has been married to Sarah since 1999.
Cpl Michael Butler
Michael joined the RAF in February 1999 as an Electrical Tradesman. He was initially posted to RAF Brize Norton on the Tristar and then following trade training was posted to RAF Coltishall on Jaguars. He has been on tours to the Middle East and the South Atlantic. Since moving to RAF Coningsby as an avionic technician on the Typhoon he has been an instructor on the Royal Saudi Training Flight. When not hard at work he enjoys playing football and is a massive Spurs fan. Michael is married to Deborah and has 2 lively young children, Kian and Ellie.
Iain joined the RAF in July 1999 as a Propulsion Tradesman. He was posted to 33 Squadron, RAF Benson in October 2000 on the Puma helicopter. He was then posted to RAF Coningsby in 2009 where he worked in the Typhoon Maintenance Unit for a year, before being posted to 29(R) Sqn’s Royal Saudi Training Flight. He has completed tours in Bosnia and Iraq and has also been detached to Kuwait, Norway and Denmark. Iain is married with a daughter and enjoys mountain biking and playing golf (his handicap being the clubs!).
Senior Aircraftman (Technician) Chris Macartney
Chris joined up in November 2004 as a Weapons Tradesman and after trade training he was employed in the Role Bay and Ejection Seat bay at RAF Lossiemouth until he earned the lucky break of being posted to 29(R) Sqn RAF Coningsby. He has served in Oman, Afghanistan and on Operation Ellamy supporting the Libya campaign. He enjoys playing football and golf in his spare time.
Senior Aircraftman Mark Harbon
Mark joined the RAF in September 2010 after completing his A-Levels at Sixth Form. After initial trade training at RAF Cosford he was posted to 29(R) Sqn as an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic (avionics) and this is his first season with the Typhoon Display Team. In his spare time Mark enjoys Skiing, Taekwondo and Rugby. Other activities he has been involved in while on the Sqn include the France Bastille Day Flypast detachment, the 600 in 6 charity bike ride with the support crew and the recent Joint Warrior detachment to RAF Lossiemouth.
Team Mosquito Team Leader
Sergeant Lee Salkeld
Lee joined the RAF in October 1999 as an Avionics Tradesman. After training he was posted to 5(AC) Sqn at RAF Coningsby on Tornado F3’s. He was then posted to 25(F) Sqn at RAF Leeming also on Tornado F3’s. He then moved to RAF Kinloss for 1 year working in the Avionics Role Bay before being posted to 3(F) Sqn at RAF Coningsby on the Typhoon for 5 ½ years. He moved to 29(R) Sqn in May 2012. He has taken part in Operations and exercises in Saudi Arabia, United States of America, Italy, the Falkland Islands and Lithuania on Tornado and Typhoon. Lee is married to Frankie and enjoys Mountain Biking and Rugby League.
Corporal Jim Carroll
Jim joined the RAF in 1997 as a Mechanical Tradesman and was posted to 33 Sqn RAF Benson on the Puma helicopter in 1998. After completing further training in 2001, Jim was posted back to RAF Benson’s Structures Bay for 18 months. Jim then returned to 33 Sqn until he was posted to 29(R) Sqn at Coningsby. Jim arrived at Coningsby in 2007 and has been detached to many locations around the world including Italy, Cyprus, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. During his career Jim has deployed on a number of Operations to Kosovo, Iraq (twice) and the Falkland Islands. Jim enjoys playing Golf, with a handicap of 26 and watching Football and Rugby union.
Cpl Mike Treharne
Born and bred In Carmarthen, South Wales. Mike joined the RAF in December 2001 as an Avionics Tradesman, after basic and trade training he was posted to the Flight Systems Bay at RAF Marham in 2003. He was posted to 29(R) Sqn at RAF Coningsby in April 2006 and gained promotion to Corporal in July 2010 remaining on 29(R) Sqn. This will be his second display season with the Typhoon Display Team with which he covered the 2008 season and Jersey Air Show in 2007. Mike deployed to the Falklands in 2010 and has more recently deployed on OP Ellamy in 2011. At home Mike enjoys time with his wife Ruth and his 2 young son’s Rhys and Owen. He is a keen Sea Angler previously representing his Station and the RAF. He is also a fanatical Scarlet’s rugby supporter and has recently taken up the sport of road cycling.
Senior Aircraftman (Technician) Paul White
Paul joined the RAF in 2007 as an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic. After training he was posted to 18 & 27 Chinook Sqn, RAF Odiham. During his time there he completed tours of Afghanistan and served aboard HMS Ocean. On completion of further training, Paul joined 29(R) Sqn, Typhoon at RAF Coningsby. The following year he joined a detachment to the United Arab Emirates which was followed by a tour with 1435 Flt in the Falkland Islands. In his free time, Paul enjoys riding his Ducati Superbike. He is also a keen sportsman having recently completed a 600 mile cycle ride with the display pilot Flt Lt Norris. He also recently completed a 65 mile Ultra-marathon.
Senior Aircraftman (Technician) Sykes
Nathan joined the Royal Air Force as an Armourer in July 2009. After completing his weapons training he was posted to 29(R) Squadron on January 4th 2011. Nathan spent 5 weeks of 2012 supporting the Olympics and is looking forward to future assignments in the Middle East and the South Atlantic. He enjoys extreme sports and engaging with the public.
Rob joined the RAF in December 1995 as an Airframe Mechanic. His first tour was on the Tri-national Tornado Training Establishment, a multinational air unit based at RAF Cottesmore, the home of Tornado training. Following further trade training he was posted to RAF Laarbruch in Germany serving on IV (AC) Sqn, operating Harrier jump jets. On the Sqn’s return to the UK in 1999 he returned to RAF Cottesmore and enjoyed numerous detachments in Europe, North America and Canada as well as serving on operations in support of the Kosovo campaign and Iraq. He was also part of the Harrier role demonstration team for two seasons. On promotion in 2004 he was posted to the carbon fibre composite bay carrying out structural repairs and upgrades to the Harrier fleet. In search of a fresh challenge Rob applied for employment on the Typhoon fleet and was posted to RAF Coningsby in October 2005, joining 29 (R) Squadron Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit. After undertaking varied roles around the Sqn from heavy rectification to training overseas students in flight line operations, he was promoted to SNCO, where he has returned to his core Mechanical trade. Rob has a partner Leanne and a 12 year old son Luke; he enjoys hill walking and is looking to qualify as a mountain leader this year.
Sergeant Jason Fisher
Jason joined the RAF in May 1996. On his first tour he was posted to 25 (F) Squadron at RAF Leeming on the Tornado F3. During this tour he was part of the F3 Display Team and participated in many detachments/operations/exercises in Europe & North America. Following further training he was posted to RAF Waddington serving within the Tactical Data Link Support Unit, providing secure communications equipment to frontline fleets such as E3D Sentry, Nimrod, Tornado F3, Royal Navy and various ground units. Selected for the Typhoon Entry into Service program Jason was posted to RAF Coningsby in the summer of 2003, joining 29(R) Sqn Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit in November of the same year. Relocated to BAE Systems aerodrome Warton for a period of eighteen months he gained experience on Eurofighter to aid its transition into service. Returning to Coningsby he was on the inaugural Typhoon Display Team and part of the first unsupported overseas deployment. He remained at 29(R) Sqn following promotion, filling the roles of Training Co-ordinator and Typhoon Display Logistics Manager before returning to his core avionics trade. Jason is married to Kelly and they have two daughters Isabel & Lucy. In his spare time he enjoys playing cricket and improving his golf handicap.
Corporal Russ Abbott
Russ joined the RAF in January 2002 as an Avionics Technician. After training he was posted to RAF Odiham Avionics Bay on Chinook equipment. He was then posted to 29(R) Sqn at RAF Coningsby on Eurofighter Typhoon. He has been on 29(R) Sqn for 6 ½ years. He has taken part in Operations in Italy and the Falkland Islands with the Typhoon aircraft. He is married to Vicky and enjoys running and football.
Corporal Mark Middleton
Mark joined the RAF in January 2000, is 29 years old and from Stoke-on-Trent.
In March 2000 he was trained at RAF Cosford and in June 2001 was posted to RAF Marham on the Tornado GR4 at 2nd Line carrying out Minor/Minor Star servicings. In September 2006 he was posted to 2(AC) Sqn RAF Marham on the Tornado GR4. No stranger to display teams in October 2007 he was posted to the Red Arrows at RAF Scampton. In July 2009 he earned promotion to Corporal and was posted to 29(R) Sqn RAF Coningsby. He has completed various overseas tours including 2 tours of the Falkland Islands. Mark lives in Lincoln with his fiancée Laura and enjoys both running and motorcycling.
David joined the RAF in 2009 as a Weapons Tradesman, and is on his first posting to 29(R) Sqn. Before joining the RAF he studied at Wigan and Leigh College on a B-tech National Diploma in Engineering. He has been detached to Scotland, and took part in 29 (R) Sqn’s 600 in 6 charity bike ride to France. He enjoys watching Rugby League, cycling and kick boxing.
Senior Aircraftman (Technician) Daniel Borrowdale
Daniel joined the RAF in June 2007 as an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic (avionics) and was posted to 33 Sqn at RAF Benson on the Puma helicopter. Whilst on 33 Sqn he completed a tour of Iraq in 2009 and was detached to Kenya and Arizona. In November 2009 he returned to Cosford on his further training course and was posted to 29(R) Sqn as an Aircraft Avionics Technician in December 2010, whilst on 29(R) Sqn he has done a tour of the Falklands on 1435 Flt. In his spare time Daniel enjoys socialising with friends as well as playing golf and squash.