Dodge Bailey awarded the Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown Memorial Trophy
Our Chief Pilot, Roger ‘Dodge’ Bailey, has been awarded the Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown Memorial Trophy by the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, for his commendable contribution to test and evaluation flying.
With a background in the RAF, where he joined straight from school to train as a pilot in 1969. In training he flew Chipmunk, Jet Provost, Gnat and Varsity types before being posted to the C-130 Hercules serving with Nos 48 & 24 Squadrons, and 242 OCU as Co-pilot, Captain, and Training Captain respectively .He later trained as a Qualified Flying Instructor on the Bulldog at Central Flying School, subsequently serving on the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde Air Squadron and Bulldog Standards Flight.
Dodge attended the United States Air Force Test Pilot School as an exchange student, flying over twenty types including the T38, A37, F4 and A7. After graduating in December 1986 he joined Flight Systems Squadron at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Bedford where he flew BAC 1-11, HS 748, Viscount, Hawk and Tornado aircraft and completed a rotary wing conversion on to the Gazelle. He was appointed the Officer Commanding Aerospace Research Squadron in 1988 and retired from the Royal Air Force in December 1989.
Post-RAF, Dodge took a role as Chief Test Pilot at the then College of Aeronautics. He was Head of Flight Operations for Cranfield University’s National Flying Laboratory Centre, which operates Cranfield’s Jetstream and the BAE Systems Flying Test Bed under an Air Operator Certificate; and as Chief Test Pilot he was responsible for any Cranfield test flying activity.
Dodge joined The Shuttleworth Collection in 1989 as one of our volunteer pilots, taking on the role of Chief Pilot for the 2011 season. He re-designed the whole system of flying operations of our aircraft to ensure an effective and safe manner of operation was sustained across the aircraft types and pilots. He was also instrumental in putting in place revised procedures to secure the necessary permissions and implement the various changes required following the Shoreham Air Display tragedy.
It is for this “commendable contribution to test and evaluation flying” that he has been awarded this trophy, 25 October 2018.
Dodge Bailey receiving the award from Master, Captain Colin Cox and Aviation Minister Baroness Liz Sugg. [Copyrighted image by courtesy of @AirPilotsCo]