Finest Hour Pilots


Chris has been flying since 1985 and first flew a Tiger Moth, at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, in 1986.  After qualifying as a flying instructor in 1988, the RAF decided it was time he learned to drive! Chris’ RAF career included engineering, Flight Safety and International Relations, after which he worked briefly as a freelance pilot on a variety of historic and aerobatic aeroplanes, including the Harvard, Twin Pioneer,  Antonov An2 and CAP10.  A year flying freight in darkest West Africa was followed by 4 years with a European regional airline and over 5 years with a major middle eastern airline.  Chris has been flying the public in vintage and aerobatic aeroplanes since 2000 and has enjoyed the privilege of flying many World War Two veterans, including former fighter pilots, bomber crews and engineers.  He also displays all aircraft in the Finest Hour fleet.  Despite his breadth of experience, Chris claims that nothing puts a smile on a customer’s face quite like a ride in the iconic Tiger Moth.


‘Shents’ RAF service included 3 tours as a pilot and instructor on the Tornado F3, during which he displayed the Spitfire and Hurricane with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.  Currently a training captain with a major UK airline, on 28 August 2010, Paul led the Airbus / Spitfire / Hurricane formation to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain; he remains current on a locally based Hurricane.

After a tour flying the best V-Bomber, the Victor, in the Air-to-Air Refuelling role, Cliff instructed on the Jet Provost and Hawk before converting to the Tornado F3, on which he served 2  tours, including one as an instructor.  Throughout his RAF career, Cliff flew the Chipmunk and remains current on his own example.  After leaving the RAF, Cliff served as a reservist for 5 years, instructing on the Tornado F3, whilst pursuing his airline career. Subsequently, he instructed on the Jet Provost and a variety of light aeroplanes; he also continues to find time to fly the Boeing 777 for a major airline.

'Creamed Off' for his first RAF flying tour as an instructor on the Tucano, Potey's RAF flying career has been split between the Tucano and the Tornado GR4.  Currently flying a 'mahogany bomber', Chris built his own Eurofox light aeroplane and flew it from the UK to New Zealand as part of the RAF 100th Anniversary celebrations during Autumn 2018.  Fresh from his antipodean adventure, Chris joins Finest Hour to fly the Tiger Moth for 2019.


Paul has been flying since 1976.  He joined the RAF through a University Cadetship, at which time he was bitten by the aerobatic bug!  Paul’s RAF career, though mainly involving transport aircraft, included flying instruction for both ab-initio students and new instructors and he spent a season displaying the Bulldog primary trainer at airshows in the UK and on the near continent.  He spent nearly 20 years in the RAF and has just retired from a similar spell flying Boeings various for a major UK airline.  Paul has been flying light aircraft throughout this time, including the CAP10B since 2003.


Adam's RAF service included 2 tours as a Tornado GR4 Weapons Systems Officer,  completing operational tours in Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq. After leaving the RAF, 'Ads' joined a major airline, where he flies the Airbus A320.  Subsequently qualifying as a flying instructor, Adam joined Finest Hour to fly the Tiger Moth during 2021.



'Stretch' was born into the family light aeroplane business in Weston-Super-Mare.  His RAF career was spent flying the C130 Hercules in the tactical transport role, including operational missions during the Gulf War and Bosnia conflicts.  Stretch's post-RAF career started with a brief stint flying the Boeing 747 for a Far Eastern airline before joining a major UK airline to fly both Airbus and Boeing types.  His broad experience of vintage light aviation includes instructing on the Stearman and Harvard and the joy of flying his own Isaacs Fury biplane. 'Stretch' joined Finest Hour to fly the Tiger Moth during 2022.


Jamie joined the RAF in 1997 and started his first tour on the VC10 in the air-to-air refuelling role.  His subsequent flying tours were on the L1011 Tristar and the A330 Voyager, again in the air-to-air refuelling role.  His ground tours included being the Commander of fixed wing operations in Basra, the Chief of the Strategy Division for the coalition air operation against Daesh and the personal staff officer to the RAF's Assistant Chief of Air Staff.  Currently enjoying teaching the next generation of pilots as a reservist flying instructor at Oxford University Air Squadron, Jamie joins Finest Hour to fly the Tiger Moth for the 2023 season.


JD's fast jet pilot training provided a lead-in to a one-tour flirtation with the C130 Hercules transport aeroplane.  Escaping 'Albert' to instruct on the Tucano and Hawk, JD then flew tours flying and instructing on the Jaguar before completing a tour on the Typhoon.  Following his RAF service, he flew the Boeing 787 for a major airline, a position from which he has recently retired.  With an MA in World War One, JD is our resident 'Trenchie' so it was about time he qualified to fly an ancient biplane; he joins Finest Hour for the 2024 'season'.

Finest Hour Aeroplanes


The de Havilland Aircraft Company developed and first flew the Tiger Moth in 1931, and it went on to be arguably the most successful biplane training aeroplane ever built, training thousands of pilots during the Second World War. Tiger Moths played a crucial role in the Battle of France, acting as one of the few reliable means of communication in a land where the roads were blocked by the ravages of war.

Find out more about the history of our Tiger Moths here.


Hand built in wood by Norman craftsmen, the CAP10 has to be the finest aerobatic training aeroplane ever built. Used in numbers by the French Air Force, the Armee de L’Air, it outperforms its British equivalent in all respects while using an engine of 10% less power.  The CAP10B is a true thoroughbred that has helped many of Europe’s leading aerobatic pilots to learn their craft.  The superb visibility from the CAP’s ‘bubble’ canopy and its reassuring side-by-side seating are just two of the features making the CAP the perfect choice for your Finest Aerobatic Experience.


The Citabria (try spelling it backwards!) is a delightful post-war sports aeroplane.  For qualified pilots, we offer tailwheel 'differences' training on this machine :-)


The sole surviving example of its type, G-AFFD was delivered to Sir Philip Sassoon on 2 March 1938. She was Impressed into the RAF for the duration of World War Two, spending 1940 with No 6 Anti Aircraft Co-Operation Unit, training the Air Defences of Manchester, Liverpool and North Wales. Given military serial X9407, she spent the remainder of the War as a VIP transport aeroplane at a variety of RAF stations.   G-AFFD is currently under restoration by our partner in her ownership, Rex Ford. To learn more about her history and those who flew her, click here.

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