AEROPLANE meets BARRY TEMPEST

In nearly 65 years of flying, one of British aviation’s true characters has completed more than 2,300 displays — and seems to have a story from most of them

The British air display scene would be very different without Barry Tempest. Since his first show as a pilot, nearly 60 years ago, he’s been involved in some capacity. He was perhaps the ultimate ‘poacher turned gamekeeper’, the colourful flyer who became a Civil Aviation Authority inspector. Now he’s back to poaching, aiming potshots at his old employer over its new airshow charges and regulations.

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