The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Flt Lt Antony ‘Parky’ Parkinson MBE completed his final ‘sortie’ with the team on October 6.
Having joined the RAF in 1983, he has flown numerous types including the McDonnell Douglas Phantom, Panavia Tornado F.3 (also as display pilot), and the BAe Hawk with the Red Arrows. He also flew F-16s with the Royal Netherlands Air Force and was the first pilot to accumulate 1,000 hours on the Eurofighter Typhoon.
‘Parky’ joined the BBMF in 2007 as a volunteer pilot before becoming operations officer in 2012. He was awarded the MBE in 2011. He has retired after completing 7,200 flying hours (including over 1,000 each in Phantom, Hawk and Typhoon).
Photo by SAC Mayfield -RAF Coningsby