Display Pilot

Flight Lieutenant David-John Gibbs

The 2022 Royal Air Force Tutor Display Pilot is Flight Lieutenant David-John Gibbs (usually abbreviated to DJ or Gibbo).  Born in Southport in 1974, he became a member of 281 Squadron Air Training Corps where he completed a gliding scholarship and made his first solo flight before passing his driving test.

David-John read Aeronautical Engineering at the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, and was a member of the Oxford University Royal Naval Unit before joining the Royal Navy in 1996.  He trained to fly the Sea King in the Support Helicopter role and participated in several operations and exercises both in the UK and Overseas.  He subsequently completed a posting as a Search and Rescue pilot before becoming a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) on the Slingsby Firefly, teaching elementary flying skills to students at RAF Barkston Heath. Following this, he returned to helicopters for a number of years before choosing to specialise in fixed-wing flying.  In 2014, David-John was posted to 115 Squadron as a Central Flying School Accredited Instructor responsible for training qualified military pilots to become QFIs. He later became a flight examiner for the Central Flying School, testing QFIs from all three Services, as well as civilian instructors employed on military flying contracts. He was selected to be the first UK military pilot to fly the Grob 120TP Prefect and conduct evaluation sorties with the manufacturer’s test pilots in Germany.  He transferred to the Royal Air Force in 2019 before taking up his current role as Officer Commanding Tutor Standards Flight, where he and his team ensure that all Tutor QFIs are teaching at the expected standard.

David-John remains an enthusiastic pilot outside work and instructs on a number of historic ex-military aeroplanes, including the Jet Provost, Chipmunk and Tigermoth, and operates a collection of vintage gliders.  At the latest count he has logged almost 6000 flying hours on 50 different types of aircraft. In his spare time, he also enjoys powerboats, classic cars, motorcycles and fine dining.

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Display Manager

Flight Lieutenant Alex Hunter

The 2022 Royal Air Force Tutor Display Manager is Flight Lieutenant Alex Hunter.  Alex was born in Wiltshire and joined the Royal Air Force as a direct entrant in August 2018.  He was a member of the Universities of Wales Air Squadron (UWAS) whilst reading Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University. Over 3 years on UWAS he gained over 50 flying hours in the Tutor T1; including aerobatic and solo navigation sorties and took part in many adventurous training activities including a Mountain Biking Expedition to Picos de Europa, Spain. Since joining the Royal Air Force Alex, has completed Elementary Flying Training (EFT) on the Prefect T1 and is looking forward to his next flying course.

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