#121 From Red Arrows To 747 Pilot | Squadron Leader Andy Wyatt | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Andy started his career in the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1979 and after completing flying training flew the iconic English Electric Lightning with 11(F) Squadron at Royal Air Force Binbrook in Lincolnshire. His duties included intercepting intruding Russian aircraft during the height of the Cold War. 4 years flying the Lightning was followed by a tour as a flying instructor at Royal Air Force Valley in Anglesey, flying the British Aerospace Hawk, where Andy taught student pilots and instructors in the advanced flying role. He was selected to join the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, for a 3 year tour of duty which included 2 years as a member of the elite ‘synchro’ pair. Andy was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air and on promotion to Squadron Leader. Andy joined British Airways as a Captain on the Boeing 747 ‘Jumbo Jet’, flew long haul routes around the world. He is currently the Chief Pilot for Longtail Aviation, an international cargo airline based in Bermuda. Andy has flown a vast number of aircraft and now has over 20,000 hours of flying experience.

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Chris and Andy

C – Andy, great you could join us, thank you.

A – Chris absolute pleasure, great to be here.

C – Yeah it’s great, having a podcast you get to speak to so many people you have things in common with. Out of that sharing you get great conversation. Sometimes I forget to press record on the podcast! I’ve lost all that, that’s consigned to history now. So, my gosh, we hooked up on linked in, and I’m very fortunate to meet people on linked in with such rich histories and experiences such as yours Andy. From the Red Arrows to commercial airline pilot. Anyone who grew up in my era watched a film called Airplane, it was a spoof of all the jumbo jet movies of the seventies and eighties…

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