Sam began his flying career in 2006 on gliders before being selected to join the RAF as a Pilot in 2009. Unfortunately as a result of the 2010 Defence Review he left the service in 2012. However, this has been a blessing in disguise as it has allowed him to focus on his ambition of flying warbirds. His day job is now as a Flying Instructor at Goodwood Flying School and Ultimate High, based at Goodwood Aerodrome (formerly RAF Westhampnett), where he flies the Harvard IIb as well as other vintage and high performance aerobatic aircraft.
Sam’s connection with the Typhoon is personal, his Grandfather was P/O R.G Worthington who flew Typhoons, of all places, from RAF Westhampnett. P/O Worthington was believed shot down, and force landed his Typhoon (MN252 BR*T) in Holland on 21 May 1944. He subsequently became a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III, enduring the forced march towards the end of the War. It was Sam’s research into his Grandfather’s service, that originally got him in contact with Dave, as they were both essentially investigating the same thing.
Sam’s main focus is on raising the awareness of the project. Testament to this is the scale of following of supporters on Facebook and Twitter. Being a fully trained pilot Sam is itching to take up the family mantle and become the chief pilot for the project and will be one of the first people to fly a Typhoon in 70 years.