Apache pilot reaches 5,000 flying hours
An Army Air Corps (AAC) Apache pilot with 20 years flying experience has clocked up his 5,000th hour in the air while currently deployed to Afghanistan.
Captain Antony (Capt) ‘Thomo’ Thompson is coming to the end of an intense, five-month deployment to Afghanistan. Spending up to eight hours a day in the cockpit of his attack helicopter, Capt Thompson and his fellow crew members have been protecting the men and women deployed out on the ground across Helmand province.
Capt Thompson joined the military at the age of 17, recruited into the Royal Signals having left school with few qualifications. He said:
“The Army gave me a chance and everything I had done before that point did not matter anymore. I had a fresh start.”
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