After 30 years in the Collection and 8 years as Chief Pilot, Dodge Bailey has handed over Chief Pilot duties to Paul Stone who will lead The Shuttleworth Collection’s pilot team into the 2019 display season.
Paul said, “Dodge is a very tough act to follow, he has done an incredible job and shown great leadership during some challenging periods. His work has earned great respect from the whole display community including the Civil Aviation Authority regulator. I am very pleased that Dodge will remain flying on the collection, his skills as a test pilot, instructor and highly experienced display pilot are a great asset to the Collection.”
Dodge was awarded the Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown Memorial Trophy by the Honourable Company of Air Pilots for his commendable contribution to test and evaluation flying, most notably his contribution to test flying following the restoration of the 1931 Desoutter; the 1918 Sopwith Camel; the 1934 DH 88 Comet. Dodge is continuing as a pilot with The Collection throughout the season.
Paul is an ex-Fleet Air Arm test pilot who has flown with the Collection for 23 years. He joined BAE Systems in 2006 and served as Chief Test Pilot and Director of Flight Operations at Warton in Lancashire; he retires from BAE Systems in June this year.
The Shuttleworth Collection’s 2019 airshow season begins on Sunday 5 May and is one of the first displays in the UK.