David is a life-long flying enthusiast. He has built and flown hangliders, microlights and light aircraft. He is the chairman of the BMAA and was for 15 years the editor of Microlight Flying Magazine. He lives in Shropshire with his wife and divides his time between working and flying (not as evenly as he would like). The Bristol Scout is a project that has been brewing in his mind since the discovery of the original parts in Grandad’s workshop in 1983.
Rick is David’s younger brother and long-time collaborator. They first flew hang gliders together in 1974, and their first aircraft build was a Mitchell B10 flying wing, started in 1980 and flown in 1982. Since then they have always shared flying experiences, and currently share a hangar at an airfield in Shropshire.
Theo comes from a similar background, having started with hang gliders in the 1970s, and they met through the Mitchell B10, which he had also built and flown. Since then he and David have built a couple of other microlights, and Theo’s built a couple more on his own – from which you’ll gather that he’s probably more enthusiastic about building than flying.
We all share a love of WWI aviation, and this will be the culmination of a lifetime’s dream for each of us.