Squadron Leader Reid joined the RAF in 1978. He flew the Jaguar and Tornado GR1 on operational tours in Germany and has served as a flying instructor on the Hawk at RAF Valley and the T-38A 'Talon' at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. In 1997 he was posted to fly E-3D AWACS at RAF Waddington. Currently he is employed as an E-3D flying instructor on 54(R) Squadron. He is with the BBMF and he continues to hold the additional responsibilities of 'Bomber Leader', including the training of Lancaster and Dakota pilots.