Squadron Leader Graham Duff (33) became an air cadet on his 13th birthday and went onto become a member of Bristol University Air Squadron whilst studying for a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Graham joined the Royal Air Force in 1996 and became a member of the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Team for 18 months whilst waiting to begin flying training.
He started his operational career flying the ground-attack Jaguar GR3A aircraft and gained extensive experience defending the No Fly Zone north of Iraq. He also took part in exercises in the USA, Europe and the Middle East. During OP TELIC, Graham was attached to the Special Forces in a Close Air Support role and spent 4 months in a ground role before, during and after the initial invasion in 2003.
After a tour as a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) on the Hawk aircraft, teaching both students and instructors, Graham was posted to the Empire Test Pilots’ School, at MoD Boscombe Down. Whilst there he instructed on the Alpha Jet, Hawk and Tucano aircraft, and flew in over 30 types, including multi-engine aeroplanes and helicopters.
Graham is married to Katie, a nurse. A keen aviator, Graham has completed most of his float plane rating, training in Alaska. He has continued, when postings allowed, to work with the RAF Mountain Rescue Team, and with RAF Valley Mountain Rescue Team he climbed the summit of Mt McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, in 2005.