TUI Airways pilot Mike Bowden, who joined the airline final yr, has returned to the Purple Arrows this summer season to carry out in aerobatic shows for one final time.
TUI Airways launched Bowden from his flying duties to step in for Purple 3, who was injured taking part in soccer forward of the season.
Mike, 38, joined the Royal Air Pressure in 2002 and undertook numerous flying duties together with 4 seasons with the Purple Arrows.
He flew for the RAF for the ultimate time in October 2018, after which joined TUI Airways as a primary officer.
With out Bowden stepping in as Purple 3, the Purple Arrows would have struggled to coach a brand new pilot in time for its busy itinerary of spectacular aerobatic shows.
Fortunately, he was nonetheless the proper match for the position and solely required a number of hours of coaching.
That is the primary time an airline has launched a pilot to re-join the Purple Arrows staff.
In his few months at TUI Mike has flown a Boeing 737 plane on a choice of brief and mid-haul routes from TUI Airways’ Cardiff base, taking prospects on their holidays.
Mike has been a high-flyer since college, finishing an RAF and Air League Flying Scholarship while in sixth type and incomes his non-public pilot’s license at simply 17 years outdated.