Kerry Thompson

Kerry joined REME as an apprentice Aircraft Technician in 1973.  During a 29 year career he served in many aviation units in Germany, the UK, Canada and Northern Ireland, as well as on a number of exercises in Cyprus and Norway.  He also spent 3 years on Loan Service with the Sultan of Brunei’s armed forces. During his service Kerry worked on Scout, Lynx, Gazelle, Beaver and the MBB Bo105. As a Warrant Officer he was a member of the Aircraft Engineering Standards Team at Netheravon from which he was promoted to WO1 and posted as the Workshop ASM, 1 Regiment AAC – which he maintains was the best job he has ever had, before or since. Kerry was granted a Late Entry Commission in 1995 and spent the next few years bringing the Apache into service both from a training and engineering support perspective. 

Having retired from the Army in 2002 as a Major, Kerry then spent a number of years in training related jobs including 3 years with ATIL, the Apache training organisation.  In 2014 he joined QinetiQ and became the Lead Project Engineer for all in-service helicopters.

Kerry joined the HAAF as a volunteer engineer in July 2018 and finally retired properly in February 2019.