The 2012 RAF Hawk Display Pilot, Flight Lieutenant Phil Bird, is coming home to display at the Best of British Show. Phil grew up in Gloucestershire; he has been coming to Kemble Airshow since his teens and flew some of his first flights here when learning to fly on his PPL course aged 17.
The RAF’s Hawk Display Team is supporting the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF), the RAF’s leading welfare charity, throughout the airshow season this year and will display at the Best of British Show who has chosen the RAFBF as one of its chosen charitable partners for their inaugural show. Other charities are Help for Heroes, fly2help and the Dogs Trust.
Ft Lt Phil Bird commented: “I feel honoured to fly such an iconic RAF Aircraft bearing the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund colours in a stunning patriotic theme with the Heart Roundel logo – it’s the perfect way to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. We need to support our wider RAF family and flying the Heart Roundel logo at airshows such as the Best of British Show helps raise awareness of the great work the charity does.”