PHILL O'DELL

Phill, known by most as Pod, is Chief Test Pilot and Head of Flying at Rolls-Royce PLC (Aero Engines), and also displays the Rolls Royce MkXIX Spitfire. Until November 2001 he was Officer Commanding the Research & Development Flight of the Fast Jet Test Squadron at DERA Boscombe Down.

 

He flew Buccaneers and then taught as a Tactical Weapons Instructor and Flying Instructor on Hawks at Brawdy.He then moved to the Jaguar and flew operationally over Bosnia and Iraq.

 

He was selected by the RAF to attend the French Test Pilot School at Istres in Provence and flew over 25 aircraft from the F-14 Tomcat to the Airbus A320.

 

Phil flies and instructs in the Spitfire, Harvard and Chipmunk at the Academy, and is a CAA Display Authorisation Evaluator.

 

He lives in Gloucester with his wife Lizzy and three children Tom, Jamie and Emily.

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