OFMC Chief Pilot
Professional formation display pilot
since 1991 and has flown 8000 hours in over 60 different types of
aircraft. Lee has flown for various commercial airlines and spent 7
‘exciting’ (and very cold!) years as chief pilot, ‘Bush’ flying in
the Antarctic for the British Antarctic Survey.
Lee lives in Cambridgeshire with his wife Lucy and
their two daughters.
Nigel first flew MH434 in 1993,
and had a more hands-on role with OFMC following the tragic death of
Mark Hanna in 1999. He took over the day to day running of the
company until 2003 and particularly enjoyed being involved with
various filming projects and displaying all over Europe as Chief
Pilot for the Breitling Fighters display team.
Born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
Nigel’s interest in flying was kindled by his father who flew as a
fighter pilot in World War II.
Joining the Rhodesian Air force
on leaving school Nigel flew both helicopters and Jets until he came
to England in 1980 determined on pursuing a career as an aerobatic
Nigel has now been a professional
display pilot for 30 years and has flown over 1,750 public displays
in over 30 countries worldwide including leading the first civilian
team to fly in China in 1996. Nigel is the only pilot to have won
the British National Unlimited Aerobatic Championship 8 times in a
row, and has spent the last five years putting his skills to the
test in the highly challenging Red Bull Air Race World Championship,
finishing the 2010 season with a podium third place behind Hannes
Arch and fellow OFMC pilot Paul Bonhomme.
Nigel’s wife Hilary is also a
successful aerobatic pilot, and they reside in Oxfordshire with
their three sons, Max, Dan and Ben.
Joined the Old Flying Machine Company
in 1986, following a background of aerobatic and display flying with
the Tiger Club, during which time the association with Ray Hanna was
A professional pilot by trade, Brian has amassed
over 20,000 hours flying time on many different types of aircraft
ranging from ultra-lights to Jumbos. He currently flies 747s for
Although an infrequent flier with the OFMC nowadays,
Brian is privileged to continue to fly with the other private
collections based at Duxford, and proudly continues to display
historic aircraft in the true Hanna tradition.
First flew on an RAF gliding course,
aged 16. Since then he has achieved 14 UK gliding records including
the fastest 750km triangle and a height climb to 36,600 feet. He has
been UK Gliding Champion 8 times and has represented Britain 8 times
at World and European Championships.
Alister has been flying powerful single engine
aircraft since 1974 and in 1987 entered and won his first aerobatic
competition. In 1988 Alister began air-display flying in Pitts
Specials. He now has 8,500 flying hours on 150 types of mainly
tailwheel aircraft and gliders.
Alister was based at Booker Airfield, which used to
be home to many historic aircraft including MH434 (the OFMC
Spitfire); to fly piston fighters was always his ambition, but one
that seemed quite impossible.
In 1998 Alister flew the OFMC Harvard, progressing
to the P-51D Mustang, P-40 Kittyhawk and the Spitfire MH434. He
flies for OFMC throughout Europe.
Red Bull Air Race Pilot Paul Bonhomme is relishing the thought of another year of flying OFMC's
Spitfire and P-51D Mustang.
It all began for Bonhomme as a “hangar rat”,
cleaning planes as a boy in an Aero Club, and by the time he was 17
he had a flying licence and he started training in aerobatics
immediately. His father was a pilot in the British Army Air Corps
and later an Airline Captain, and his brother is also in the
aviation industry as an Airline Captain too. It’s little wonder
then, that the youngest member of the Bonhomme family also ended up
as a professional pilot flying as Captain on the Boeing 747.
Paul, who enjoys motorcycling (when he can find
spare time!), likes to focus his off-duty hours in pursuit of his
calling. He has flown in over 500 airshows since 1986.
Is a professional pilot who has been
immersed in aviation from a very young age. He is an aerobatic
display pilot, and until recently, a competitor in the Red Bull Air
Race World Championship (now you may see or hear him commentating on
the series). Steve got involved with aircraft engineering when he
was 16, and learnt to fly at the age of 17, he towed gliders, then
advertising banners, flew corporate jets and is now a Boeing 747
captain with a UK airline. His first aerobatic display was in 1983.
Since then, he has flown air shows all over the world, either in
unlimited level aerobatic aircraft, or historic types. In fact, as
long as it is nicely engineered, and flies, Steve likes to be
associated with it!
In 1991 he was the winner of the Kings Cup air
race. He was British Freestyle Aerobatic Champion in 1995 and
overall British Aerobatic Champion in 1996. He has also won numerous
formation aerobatic awards, flying as “The Matadors” duo, with his
friend Paul Bonhomme.
When not flying, he maintains and races his two
“Cooper 500” formula 3 cars, from the 1950s, or spends time with his
wife (also a 747 captain!)
Steve is 50 years of age and lives in