A much loved son and extremely popular serviceman, the loss of Tony is still proving difficult for many to accept. Truly a one-off, his character, values and persona typified everything that the Service stands for and, whilst never marrying, he enjoyed a special closeness with many service families, friends and colleagues. In simple terms, he was one of those people who you occasionally have the privilege to meet in life and never forget - for all of the right reasons.
Living his life 'to the max', Tony worked hard but played even harder. An active member of many Service sports associations such as the RAF Flying Clubs' Association (RAFFCA), challenge and achievement was his mantra for life. Having gained his Private Pilots Licence with the RAF Akrotiri Flying Club in 2003, he had immersed himself in the world of light aircraft flying and served on numerous RAF Flying Club Committees. A talented engineer, he was considered a valued ‘asset’ at each of his member clubs and there is no doubt that his selfless commitment in ensuring aircraft were serviced and maintained ultimately allowed many others, namely Junior Ranks (JRs), to experience the joy of flight at very little personal cost. As a pilot, he had continued to develop his skills, achieving various qualifications and organising flying expeditions over challenging and unfamiliar environs. However, for Tony, the challenge presented by one particular flying discipline stood head and shoulders above all others - Aerobatics. Read More