Meet The Pilots

DAN GRIFFITH

Chief 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.

IAN SMITH

Smithy joined the RAF in 1983 and has nearly 8,000 flying hours. 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 currently flies Typhoons on 29 Squadron.

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.

JON CORLEY

Joining the team for 2021 Jon 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.

Adam Green Spitfire pilot Biggin Hill

DON SIGOURNAY

Don flew Royal Navy Sea Harriers operationally in Bosnia. He commanded the Royal Navy Historic Flight and later flew commercially on the Jetstream 41 and the Embraer 145, Legacy, Sovereign and Bombardier Global Express.

After many years flying Spitfires at Biggin Hill Don has now decided to hang up his flying gloves. He had accrued over 2,500 hours flying on Spitfires and remains a friend of the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. Thanks for all the flying Don!

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.