Doncaster man helps maintain ‘Top Gun’ jet

RAF Coningsby Typhoon Display Team PR day.
RAF Coningsby Typhoon Display Team PR day.

A Doncaster airman is fulfilling his dream by helping the RAF to show off its world-class Typhoon aircraft.

Senior Aircraftman Mark Harbon, aged 23, attended Hall Cross School before pursuing his dream of a career in the RAF after being a member of 2008 Bawtry Squadron Air Cadets.

Mark now serves on 29 (Reserve) Squadron, the Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, where he is responsible for the general ground handling and flight servicing of the Typhoon, which involves checking the aircraft for damage, refuelling and replenishing the engine and gearbox oil systems.

This year he was selected to be part of the Typhoon Display Engineering Team who travel the country at weekends to support the pilot, Flt Lt Jamie Norris, as he displays the aircraft in front of thousands of spectators.

Said Mark: “I am very proud to have been selected to be on the display team this year. I never thought I would be doing this when I went to the careers office in Sheffield for the first time to join up. I also enjoy being able to help the Squadron show the country just what the RAF and this fantastic aircraft can do, because it’s not a sight many people get to see every day.”