JIM SCHOFIELD

From Bristol Fighter and SE5a to the F-35 Lightning II, this test and display pilot’s spread of fighter experience from the past century of development is unique

In April this year, the RAF’s centenary month, Jim Schofield flew his 100th different aircraft type. The mount in question was the Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a, specifically the Shuttleworth Collection’s example F904, which dates from 1918 and is now known to have shot down a German Fokker D.VII over Belgium while in service with No 84 Squadron the day before the armistice. With both Shuttleworth’s Bristol F2B and, through his previous job as an RAF test pilot, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II in his logbook, this surely makes Jim unique in having piloted production front-line fighter types 100 years apart.

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