In the family

 

Flying is in my family's DNA. My father Ken flew fast jets in the RAF and he was famous for his Hunter and Lightning aerobatic displays. Having thrown the gauntlet down I picked it up. After studying an Engineering degree at university I joined the RAF and flew the Tornado GR 1.

To the left,  you'll see three Goodwin generations pictured together, with a specially made flying suit for my son George.

In the Air Force

 

I trained on the Hawk (the jet flown by the Red Arrows), and then joined IX Squadron to fly Tornados. This included 21 missions during Operation Desert Storm in the first Gulf War.

The Pilot: Richard Goodwin

In the Airline

In 1993 I left the RAF to fly Boeings for a living, which I still do today. You never know, I may have been the Captain on one of your flights.


In a spin

I picked up my first trophy for aerobatics more than 30 years ago, flying the Hawk at advanced flying training. That buzz, that thrill of spinning an aircraft around the sky, never left me and was rekindled when I brought a Christen Eagle Biplane home from the States (in the hold of a Boeing 767 naturally).


In the Pitts

Before you know it I was enjoying competing within the British Aerobatic Association (BAEA) with some success. I love the friendly competitive environment of the BAEA and all the help and advice I have received from the wealth of experience in the British teams.

The Eagle is a really great two-seater aerobatic aircraft, however, I also have an iconic Pitts S2S. It's much more powerful, single seat and I am now modifying specifically for Advanced level competition Aerobatics and Display flying.

With my homebuilding background I have now to started to complete my dream of building a 2nd modified Biplane for the display circuit in UK with Jets.