Having followed in his RAF pilot father’s footsteps, the current president of the Historic Aircraft Association had a splendid career flying the service’s Cold War jet fighters, from Lightning to Tornado

During his time in the Royal Air Force, Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE AFC often found himself at the leading edge of the service’s fighter capabilities. He flew the English Electric Lightning in the 1960s, the McDonnell Douglas Phantom in the 1970s, and the Panavia Tornado in the 1980s, overseeing the introduction of the latter’s air defence variant. These and a very diverse range of other senior assignments have helped inform an extremely active post-RAF life — one which, by contrast, has brought a lot of involvement with the historic scene.

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