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Special RIAT Farewell To PC-7 Pilot 'Tinu'

Published: 30 Jul 2015

The Swiss Air Force PC-7 team marked the final flight of team member Major Martin 'Tinu' Hess with a special farewell for him as he taxied into dispersal following their Sunday display at RIAT 2015.

As his colleagues slowed to allow him to move ahead, Tinu was greeted by members of RIAT's Fire & Rescue Service who used the powerful water jets of two of the airshow's biggest fire engines to form a water archway for him to taxi through. The team than held a short ceremony by the aircraft and in their unique travelling locker/crew room to mark this special occasion. 

Afterwards Tinu said: "I've flown with the team for 10 years and it's time to give the younger pilots a chance. But it's been very emotional. I was fine until we got in the air, then I realised that this was my last display with the guys and I just started crying. I was always the last to land, but this time the others let me overtake them so I could be first through the water arch that the firecrews had set up: by that time I was really crying, as I realised my last PC-7 display was over."

Tinu's now moving on and focusing on his work as a test pilot. He says: "I've done a year in Sweden with the Gripen and now I'll be working on the new fighter replacement process for the F-18. 

He adds: "I'll never forget my last show - it was great to have such a special good bye - and I'll be back in Fairford in the future for sure." 

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