Typhoon lights up the skies of Suffolk

SUFFOLK was blessed with an unexpected treat after a Typhoon display pilot took to the skies of Wattisham.

Flight Lieutenant Tim Clement, from Aberdeen, performed a breathtaking display of manoeuvres in preparation for his first solo show, which is set to take place this weekend.

The talented pilot, who is based at RAF Coningsbury, was set to perform at the Duxford Spring Airshow on May 16 however was grounded as the Icelandic volcanic ash made a return to the UK’s air space.

Ahead of his first solo performance at the Southend Festival of Air this weekend, the talented air maestro took to the skies above RAF Wattisham to practice the display, having been appointed the new Typhoon Display Pilot for the 2010 display season.

The father-of-one, from Aberdeen, said that he was delighted to have been selected as this year’s display pilot.

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He said: “I’m looking forward to an exciting and challenging 2010 display season. It’s every pilots dream to fly Typhoon and to display it to the public this year is a real honour.”

One eyewitness told the EADT that the practice show had been exciting.

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She said: “It was amazing to see, because it was all so close. It was breathtaking – I really enjoyed it.”

More details of the Typhoon display can be found by visiting www.raf.mod.uk/typhoondisplay

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