Rod Dean has been displaying civil aircraft since 1984 when he retired from the RAF after 21 years of military service.
During his RAF service Rod spent his whole time flying on operational squadrons of training units, principally flying the Hunter and the Jaguar, but also the Jet Provost, Meteor, Gnat and Chipmunk. He left the service as a Squadron Leader as well as a Qualified Flying Instructor and Qualified Weapons Instructor.
Rod spent ten years as the Business Manager of a flight simulator training company before joining the Civil Aviation Authority. Leaving the CAA he joined the team of Farnborough International Ltd as the Flight Operations Consultant (and Flying Display Director during the Airshow) for Farnborough International Limited, the organisers of the Farnborough Airshow.
Rod has flown a wide variety of World War II and immediate post-war piston fighters such as the Mustang, Corsair, Wildcat, Sea Fury, Bearcat, Hurricane, and Spitfire. Vintage jets flown include the Meteor, Vampire, Venom, T33, F86 Sabre and the Hunter. He has since retired from displaying such high performance aircraft but continues with machines such as the Beagle Bulldog as pictured.
Rod is also a CAA Display Authorisation Evaluator and was the flying display director of the popular annual RAFA Shoreham Airshow.