Flt Lt David-John Gibbs RAF
David-John Gibbs (DJ) grew up in Southport and completed a degree in Aeronautical Engineering before joining the Royal Navy as a pilot. He flew the Sea King helicopter, seeing a diverse range of action including troop transport, long range search & rescue missions and surveillance operations in both the UK and overseas.
Advanced military flying skills
He subsequently specialised as a fixed wing flying instructor, teaching student pilots not only the basics, but also advanced military flying skills such as aerobatics and close formation.
RAF Tutor display pilot
After a period as a flight examiner for the world-renowned Central Flying School he transferred to the Royal Air Force where he was selected for a two year appointment as the RAF Tutor display pilot, conducting aerobatic displays at airshows around the country. Ever the dedicated aviator, he flies several vintage and ex-military aircraft in his off-duty time from the military, including the BAC Jet Provost – powered by a Rolls Royce Viper turbojet. We are using two of the more powerful version of the Viper turbojet from the military BAC Strikemaster aircraft to propel our jet hydroplane Longbow.
Formula 4 racing powerboat
Outside aviation DJ is a keen boater, with a Formula 4 racing powerboat, a classic 1960s speedboat, a steam launch, and he has a variety of other interests ranging from classic cars to fine dining.