John Beattie - General Manager
John Beattie joined the Royal Navy in 1959 as a junior mechanical engineer, transferring to flying duties in 1968 and training on the Chipmunk T.10, Hiller 12E, Whirlwind HAS.7 before graduating to the Wessex HU.5 as a Commando Pilot in 1970.
Types flown include the Wasp HAS.1, Gazelle HT.2, Lynx HAS.2 and Sea King HC.4 with a first display occurring in 1973 with a Scout AH.1 whilst on an exchange tour with the Army Air Corps
As Senior Pilot of 705 NAS he
led "The Sharks" helicopter display team in 1982 with Gazelle HT.2.
In 1979 John returned to the Chipmunk again with air experience and glider tugging, accruing enough tailwheel hours over the next seven years to impress the fixed wing ,trapper' (Naval Standard Flight examiner) into allowing him to fly the Fairey Swordfish.
Beginning with the ,Fish in 1986, this led on to flying Fairey Firefly AS.5 WB271 in 1987 and both of the Sea Furies - FB.11 TF956 and T.20 WG655 - in 1988.
Despite a tour at RNAS Portland and a year at RNAS Culdrose flying the Jetstream T.2s of 750 NAS
maintained his RNHF
flying and came "home" to RNAS Yeovilton in 1991 to take over as Commanding Officer of Heron Flt Jetstreams
and the RNHF
These posts he retained until leaving the Royal Navy in 1994.
After ten years of flying freight and charter airline companies, John
returned to join the by-now civilianised RNHF
in January 2004 to relieve Brian Wood as the General Manager.
is married with two grown children and lives in Yeovil.