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Captain Richard Pike


Richard attended Birmingham University 1972-76.  He learn't to fly on Birmingham University Air Squadron 1974-76, Chipmunk and Bulldog.  He passed selection for British Airways in 1978 and attended BA College of Air Training at Hamble 1978-80.

Upon graduation he joined British Caledonian Airways at Gatwick as First Officer on BAC 1-11 as BA had no requirement. He flew 1-11 until 1987.

He joined the first ever A320 course at Airbus Industrie in Toulouse as BCAL was launch customer.  In March 1988 BCAL and BA merged.  He flew initially from Gatwick, then Heathrow until May 1993 with periods as Flight Technical Officer and Training First Officer including 2 years seconded to Airbus in Toulouse doing customer conversion courses onto A320.

In May 1993 he joined the Concorde Fleet and was First Officer, Concorde Fleet May 1993 – January 1999.

In January 1999 he left the Concorde Fleet to become Captain on Boeing 777 flying out of both Heathrow and Gatwick.  In 2004 he converted to Boeing 747-400.

Richard retired in August 2009 aged 55 but continued flying RV8, built at home between 2002 and 2010.  Richard is married with two adult children and one grandson.