“The Typhoon Display Team carries out an important role in promoting the excellence of the Royal Air Force’s equipment, personnel and ethos. The association with Mazda ensures that the Display Team can conduct these tasks to the highest professional standards due to the support provided by the three vehicles,” commented Wing Commander Al Seymour, Officer Commanding 29(Reserve) Squadron.
“The busy 2011 season will involve travel to display venues across the UK, Northern Ireland and Europe, therefore having the three Mazda vehicles for team use is invaluable. The comfortable and spacious Mazda CX-7 and the Mazda5 with its flexible seating and sliding rear doors are ideal for transporting our team personnel, their kit and computer support equipment for the Typhoon aircraft,” commented Sergeant Liam Whelan, Typhoon Display Engineering Manager.
The Display Team management will also use the vehicles extensively to attend meetings with sponsors and air show organisers. Other roles that the cars will serve include fundraising activities and pre-season travel, such as trips to use the specialised BAE Systems simulator and team meetings. The Team will conduct and host approximately 50 visits at RAF Coningsby and externally at schools and colleges during the year.
“At a number of our seaside shows the Display Pilot and engineers will be located in a different location to the PR team with the nearest airport often some distance from the main event. The Mazda vehicles ensure that the Display Pilot and I can quickly travel with all our flying equipment to meet the thousands of spectators who have turned up to support the team,” explains Flying Officer Gregor Ogston, Typhoon Display Manager.