Today, 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.
Wing Commander Jim Calvert Officer Commanding 29 Squadron said “We are extremely priviedged to be displaying a typhoon in stunning livery this year, demonstrating the amazing capabilites of this aircraft at venues across the UK and Europe. Special thanks must to the personnel, RAF, Civil servants and industry collegues who made this possible.” He added, “The new paint scheme give me an enormous amount of pride. I hope this feeling is shared by everyone who is lucky enough to see 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 us used to instruct trainee Typhoon pilots.
(All images Crown Copyright/RAF Coningsby)