9 July 2022
Do you have what it takes to sit in the cockpit of a jet fighter?
On Saturday 9 July, explore the legacy of these iconic aircraft and the lives of the people who flew them.
Join us for a day packed with talks and book signings from our guest speakers: real-life fighter pilots Paul Tremelling and Mike Sutton.
Hear the history of IWM’s legendary Harrier GR3 “jump-jet”, before learning what it takes to sit in the cockpit from Paul Tremelling. Mike Sutton will then introduce one of the RAF's most modern combat aircraft, the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4.
Mike Sutton led 1 (Fighter) Squadron into action against ISIS in 2015.
An RAF fighter pilot for 18 years, he flew the Jaguar strike jet before becoming an instructor on the first RAF Typhoon multi-role attack squadron.
During his time as a tactics instructor, he conducted a live scramble in response to a potential terrorist hijacking and served on operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
He left the RAF as a Wing Commander aged 39, and now flies commercially providing operational readiness training for the UK armed forces. He was awarded the OBE in 2017.
Paul Tremelling was inspired to become a fighter pilot by the deployment of Harriers in the Falklands War.
He joined the Royal Navy in 1996 and flew the Sea Harrier on 800, 801 and 899 Naval Air Squadrons. Qualifying as an Air Warfare Instructor, he transitioned to the Harrier GR9 and served on the Naval Strike Wing, a unit where he became Senior Pilot. Selected for exchange duties with the USN, Tremelling flew F/A-18E Super Hornet with VFA-25, The Fist of The Fleet.
He fitted in three desk tours, two Battle Staff jobs and operational duties in Afghanistan and off Libya. He was Mentioned in Despatches following an action fought in Afghanistan.
Liam Shaw is a self‐taught historian specialising in Second World War aviation. He worked for IWM at Duxford for many years in a variety of roles including most recently delivering talks, tours and experiences based around the Duxford collection.
He holds a degree in photography and has a particular passion for historic aviation photography. Currently he is working as Operations Director for John Dibbs ‐ The Plane Picture Company, assisting in content for aviation documentaries and publications.
Harrier: How to be a Fighter Pilot
Tracking a fascination with the iconic Harrier back to his childhood, Harrier: How To Be A Fighter Pilot charts the course of Commander Paul Tremelling’s extraordinary 21 year career with the Navy, and enduring relationship with the aircraft.
Unique in mastering an extraordinary range of different aircraft across a dizzying array of circumstances and campaigns, Tremelling was Mentioned in Despatches for Action in Afghanistan and is one of the few British pilots to have flown the same aircraft as Tom Cruise in Top Gun: the F/A-18E Super Hornet.
Based on diaries written during Mike Sutton’s deployment in 2015, Typhoon is the first ever inside account of Operation SHADER, the British participation in the war against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
This gripping and dramatic story of modern conflict sees 1 Squadron – who fought with distinction during the First World War, in the Battle of Britain and the Falklands War – in action once again.
|10:00||IWM Duxford opens|
|10.30 - 11.00||Liam Shaw: The History of the IWM’s Harrier GR3|
|11.00 - 11.15||Break|
|11.15 - 12.15||Paul Tremelling: How to be a Fighter Pilot|
|12.15 - 13.30||Lunch (catering not included in ticket price)|
|13.30 - 14.30||Mike Sutton: Typhoon: The Inside Story of an RAF Fighter Squadron at War|
|14.30 - 14.45||Break|
|14.45 - 15.30||Q&A Session: An opportunity to pitch questions to both of our speakers.|
|15.30 - 16.00||Book signing session with Paul Tremelling and Mike Sutton. Both publications will be available to purchase on the day.|