Major (Retired) George Bacon MBE TD

George joined the Royal Air Force in 1975. Following completion of Officer Training, where he won the Sword of Merit, he moved to 1 Flying Training School to train on the Jet Provost Mk3a.

George was destined for a career as a fast jet pilot but was involved in an air incident which sadly led to a medical grounding. Meanwhile, a developing interest as a presenter led to significant freelance work as a broadcaster with the BBC, British Forces Broadcasting Service and wider event commentary work.

Following a transfer to the Army and a full medical recovery George spent some years as an Education Officer before being selected again for aircrew training, this time with the Army Air Corps. George completed the ‘Wings’ Course in 1981 and undertook a variety of flying duties in Northern Ireland, Europe, Canada and the Gulf.

George joined Pilatus Britten-Norman in 1991 as their International Military Marketing Director and became a consultant to the wider Defence Industry. Subsequent military employment led to further tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Germany before George joined the Army Air Corps Aviation Standards Branch.

He became Air Displays Manager for the Army Air Corps with responsibilities for both the Blue Eagles and Army Historic Aircraft Flight at Middle Wallop.

George holds a Commercial Pilot’s Licence/Instrument Rating has and he is the pilot for the Historic Aircraft Flight Beaver XP820 (G-CICP).