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over 8000 hours
From the age of 9, Martyn knew flying was for him the moment he went for his first flight from his little local airstrip. He had been lucky and taken seriously enough to be given a job helping out at the local flying club. He ended up working there for many years and in return, earned all of his flying lessons. He would spend every spare moment he had there, even working summer evenings after school!
Gradually, Martyn learned to fly and passed all of his flight tests by time he was 16. He then had to anxiously wait until his 17th birthday to be legally allowed to fly solo which he managed at around 7am that day. He then went on to complete a total of 8 hours solo flying attempting to reach his qualifying target of 10 hours. Unfortunately, his plans were to be thwarted when the sea fog rolled in, preventing him taking off for his final navigational flight. He managed to get his licence in his hand a few days later.
Martyn has always enjoyed flying vintage types of aircraft. He went on to become a flying instructor, examiner and eventually worked at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford where he flew for many years. This amazing environment helped him develop a new area of interest in airshows and display flying.
As chance would have it, he saw a job advertised with Aerosuperbatics which he was lucky enough to get. Here he started learning lots of new flying skills including close formation flying, the art of landing on a trailer (Kia Cars Team 2000 - 2001) and wing walking.
Martyn thoroughly enjoys display flying. He generally flies as a wingman in most of the teams displays as he enjoys the challenge of keeping his Boeing Stearman in formation. His favourite manoeuvre is the 'Mirror' formation as he loves the thrill of hanging upside down in an open cockpit aeroplane!
over 4100 hours
Born in 1947, Vic caught the flying bug at a very young age from his father as he owned and flew an aeroplane which Vic frequently flew in.
Vic never really considered himself to be an 'academic' person after failing both his 11+ and then his common entrance exam at 13, he much preferred the practical aspects of his schooling and went on to be in the swimming team and to captain the under 11's rugby team. In his spare time, Vic would also race go-karts and says he was even chosen to be in the British team but unfortunately was not allowed to race as he wasn’t yet the minimum age of 16.
After gaining a few 'O' levels, he left school and went on to enroll at the Chelsea College of Aeronautical Engineering on the Kings Road – he says that this was a good place to be in the 1960’s! Around this time, he met and fell in love with his now wife, Anne. Between his aeronautical studies, Vic managed to somehow find the time to pursue his other passions in life. He used to re-build and race vintage cars and was also a keen soapbox racer, which he still does at least once a year to this day. He also found the time to learn to fly at Stapleford Aerodrome where he eventually gained his full flying license.
In the late 1970's, Vic bought his very first aircraft which was a Stampe bi-plane - he used this to polish up his flying technique and learn new aerobatic skills. In 1982, he took the next step and bought a Zlin 50 which was a highly aerobatic machine indeed. Vic used this to perform in at over 800 public displays including the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix and British Grand Prix. This was to be the start of rather a large collection.
Vic has successfully managed to earn a living in the display industry for over 28 years now. He says that he still loves flying the Stearman’s and still gets the same buzz from every display. He is a very experienced and established display pilot and holds a Civil Aviation Authority display pilot examiners authorization. Despite his flying achievements, Vic maintains that his greatest achievements are his 3 amazing children (all with their own flying licence) and the fact his wife Anne has stuck by his side for the last 43 years. He boasts that his last but not least achievement is, he has never had a 9-5 job and is unfamiliar with the concept!
over 2200 hours
As a child growing up near Duxford airfield David saw many airshows, WW2 aircraft were a common sight in the skies during the summer months. It was the combination of watching vintage aircraft flying overhead and a back seat ride in a WWII Harvard that first gave him the incentive to learn to fly. He eventually gained his Pilots Licence at Cambridge Aeroclub in 1995, initially cutting his teeth flying a parachute jump aircraft in East Anglia. It was at Swanton Morley airfield in Norfolk that David came across the Stearman on which he quickly built his 'taildragger' hours and soon gained a Display Authorisation.
David wanted to fly wing walking aircraft after seeing the Aerosuperbatics Team perform many years ago. Fortunately, after answering an advertisement, he was selected for the team at the beginning of 2007. He then quickly started his intensive program of training under chief pilot Martyn’s watchful eye and guidance and was taught to be an effective team 'formation lead' pilot.
David absolutely loves flying the displays. He enjoys so many different aspects of being on the team, especially the teamwork and travelling with his team mates. He has many favourite manoeuvres during the display, but the one he enjoys the most is the 'mirror' as he says it's very tricky to get it perfect in such a small window of time. It's a great feeling when the 'mirror' goes well he says. David loves the dynamic nature of the team show and much prefers displaying sunny weather with no bumps!
over 14600 hours
From a very young age, Steve always wanted to fly - he started gliding 36 years ago. His first solo in an aeroplane was 32 years ago whilst he was at University, courtesy of the Air Squadron. He has also tried his hand at hang gliding, paragliding and hot air ballooning but not yet been brave enough for a parachute jump!
Steve flew in the RAF for 9 years, flying Jaguar and Harrier fast jets. He then left and joined British Airways in 1989 flying 747-400 & 737. He is now a Training Captain on the Airbus A320 and flying short haul routes from Heathrow Airport.
As captivated by flying as he was on the first day, Steve says he still thinks it's magical to have the great freedom in a 3-dimensional world looking down on the countryside. His fondness of flying led him to even build his own aeroplane at one stage. He currently shares a 4-seater with some pilot friends so he can fly whenever he wants to.
Steve likes the challenge of display flying. He says that it is great being cautious and disciplined but at the same time, enjoying low level flying!
His favourite manoeuvre is the Stall Turn as it requires a lot of precision when aiming skywards until the wind stops, cartwheeling around and pointing at the green fields in exactly the opposite direction on the way back down! His least favourite thing is when he has to fly in bumpy conditions as the Stearman is really tricky aeroplane to keep information as the wingman. He really enjoys the challenge and nostalgia of flying these old biplanes - especially with pretty girls on the wing.
over 15000 hours
Al is in his third season with the team as a part-time pilot. His full time job is as an A340 Captain with Virgin Atlantic based at Heathrow Airport. Prior to commercial flying, Al served in the RAF where he flew Jaguars, was an instructor on the Hawk and spent 3 years with the Red Arrows.
Since leaving the RAF Al has kept himself busy displaying lots of different types of aircraft including the Vampire, Venom and Pitts Special. He now really enjoys flying the vintage Boeing Stearman during the team displays even though they are a bit slower than he is normally used to!
Al normally flies as a wingman during the team displays. His favourite manoeuvre is the formation loop as he finds it very challenging in the vintage Boeing Stearman. His favourite formation position is on the right hand side as he spent most of his time there in the Red Arrows. His least favourite manouevre is landing the Stearman in a crosswind on a tarmac runway as it is notoriously tricky!
over 14000 hours
Andy Wyatt has been a member of the Aerosuperbatics Team since 1996. Andy was born and raised in North Wales where as a teenager he was a cadet in 1340 ATC Sqn. He joined the RAF aged 18 and after flying training flew the Lightning jet fighter. The Lightning was essentially a chair strapped to two enormously powerful jet engines and could fly at twice the speed of sound. Andy finds the Stearmans’ performance slightly less dramatic but no less fun.
As well as flying one of the world’s fastest fighters, Andy was a Qualified Flying Instructor and Weapons Instructor and spent 3 years as a member of the RAF Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, including 2 years as one of the synchro pair.
Andy left the RAF in 1997 and joined British Airways. He currently flies the Boeing 777 on longhaul routes and has over 14,000 flying hours. He loves flying the Stearman and says that it gives him a sense of freedom that other flying can't!