Known as Parky, Flight Lieutenant Antony Parkinson joined the RAF at 18 and has been flying ever since. He was privileged to be one of the first pilots to gain 1000 hours flying the RAF's latest fighter: the Euro Fighter Typhoon and has also flown over 1000 hours on 3 other types - Phantom F4, Tornado F3 and Hawk with the Red Arrows. He also flew the F16 for 3 years with the Royal Netherlands Air Force and has over 6000 flying hours in total.
He is married to Ann, and most of his spare time is taken up with four children: Edward, James, George and Lucy ranging from 17 to 3 years old.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight or BBMF presently consists of eleven aircraft:-
5 Spitfires, 2 Hurricanes, 1 Lancaster 1 Dakota and 2 Chipmunks.
They are operated by the Royal Air Force and have been based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire since 1967. The BBMF participate in scores of displays every year.
The display crew and groundcrew are all volunteers drawn from the RAF. The flight routinely makes over 700 individual aircraft appearances during the year, ranging from major air shows to village fetes. The BBMF are usually represented at airshows with the Lancaster flanked by a Spitfire and Hurricane.