Our Spitfire Pilots

Meet the Spitfire pilots

We have a team of experienced and friendly Spitfire pilots who will make sure you get the most from your Spitfire Flight. You'll have a full pre-flight briefing when you visit us and they'll be on hand to answer any questions that you may have.
Our pilots come from military, commercial and civil aviation backgrounds but they all share a passion for introducing vistors to the joys of Spitfire flight!
Find out more about the aircraft that our pilots fly.

DAN GRIFFITH

Chief Spitfire Pilot, Dan is a former RAF test pilot who began his operational career on Harriers.

Passing the RAF test pilots school course, he also attended the US Air Force test pilots school, where he flew everything from B52s to F16s. Dan‘s favourite is the Spitfire.

BARRY HUGHES

Barry Hughes is a highly-experienced ATPL qualified flying instructor who has flown over 12,500 hours on numerous types of light and piston engined aircraft.

Barry has been instrumental in developing Spitfire passenger flight operations since 2014 . He is a full time pilot here at Biggin Hill flying guests in our fleet of 2 seat Spitfires.

Pete Kynsey

Pete Kynsey learnt to fly at the age of 17, making flying and instructing his career.

He has flown Helicopters, Boeing 737, 757s and 767s, was in the British Aerobatic Team and has flown most types of Allied and German WW2 fighters still airworthy.

With over 25,000 flying hours in his log book 'PK' is usually the go to test pilot for all our newly restored Spitfires.

IAN SMITH

'Smithy' joined the RAF in 1983 and has nearly 8,000 flying hours, nearly a thousand of them in a Spitfire.

He flew Chinooks operationally and Jaguars over Iraq and Bosnia. He was a Red Arrows pilot and commanded the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight before joining he Blades Aerobatic Team. He flew Typhoons on 29 Squadron and was also a Typhoon simulator instructor.

ANNA WALKER

Anna Walker started flying gliders at the age of 13 and has been a competition aerobatic and display pilot since 1993.

In 1999 she gained her commercial licence and started running her own aerial work business. She is a flying instructor on land and seaplanes, has flown more than 60 types of aircraft and is a current display pilot on the Spitfire, Hurricane and Mustang.

JEZ BRITCHER

Jez gained his licence in 2005, and went on to fly 757s and 767s commercially.

He has also flown the Tiger Moth, P40 Prentice, DH Devon, Jackeroo, and Harvard before progressing to the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar in 2018, flying two-seat and Single-seater Spitfires. In April 2021 Jez reached the milestone of 500 flying hours on the Spitfire and as we near the end of 2022 is fast approaching 1000 hours .

JON CORLEY

Joining the team for 2021 'JC' brings a wealth of experience as a pilot, instructor and examiner with a passion for vintage aircraft.

Types flown include Auster, Chipmunk, Proctor and Prentice, twin engine Rapides, Dove, Avro Anson, Pembroke, Twin Pioneer and DC-3, and ex-military jets such as Jet Provost, Vampire, Venom and Gloster Meteor. He has also qualified on the Howard 500, Beech 18, Grumman Widgeon and Albatross, T-6 Harvard and Strikemaster. More recently Jon has been flying commercial business jets including Citation and HondaJet.

ADAM GREEN

Adam learnt to fly at Age 13 and first went Solo at 16 attaining his PPL at 19.

Gaining his Commercial licence thereafter Adam went on to fly as a Business Jet pilot flying the Learjet 45/75 and Citation Jet 525 Series aircraft. Adam joined us in early 2019 flying the GA8 Airvan on our Fly with a Spitfire Experiences.

In the past he has flown Vintage types like the Cub, Stampe, Bucker Jungmann and the Harvard IIB. With a passion for Vintage Aircraft he has since progressed onto flying our Two Seat Spitfires .

Charlie Kimbell

Charlie has over 25 years’ experience in aviation.

He has clocked up in excess of 12,000 hours as a commercial pilot, which has included flying the Airbus A320/A321/A330 family at Monarch Airlines, the four engine A340-600 at Virgin Atlantic and more recently as the Captain of a privately-owned Gulfstream jet. He's been part of the Biggin Hill team since 2021.

RICHARD VERRALL

Richard has 20,000 flying hours.

Formally a BA training Captain, he is an instructor and examiner on fixed wing and helicopter aircraft and has flown extensively for the British and Jordanian Royal families. He was appointed a Lieutenant of the Victorian Order by Her Majesty in 2009. Richard now supports the Biggin Hill Spitfire operation in an advisory role.

JON COOKE

'Cookie' is a current British Airways Pilot , CAA flight instructor and examiner.

He's also a commercial drone pilot and one of the friendliest guys you'll ever meet.

Despite having over 18,000 flying hours he usually modestly tells visitors that he's 'getting the hang of it'.

STEVE HARRIS

Steve learnt to fly at Biggin Hill and flew solo at the legal minimum age of 17.

He then became a flying instructor at the age of just 21. He then flew various multi engine aircraft with charter companies and commuter airlines before becoming a corporate jet pilot. He has over 14,000 hours in over 75 different aircraft types including over 1000 hours operating in the Antarctic flying ski equipped twin otters for British Antarctic Survey. When Steve isn't flying our Spitfires he pilots Global 7500 and Boeing 737-800 business jets on worldwide flights. His passion has always been single engine piston aircraft particularly vintage tailwheel and high performance aerobatic aircraft such as Pitts Specials and Extras.