Header image: Sqn Ldr Mark ‘Suggs’ Sugden (left), the new OC BBMF, shakes hands with the outgoing OC, Sqn Ldr Mark ‘Disco’ Discombe AFC (right). (Photo: Crown Copyright)
The BBMF has now had a change of command. Squadron Leader Mark’ Disco’ Discombe AFC, who has flown with the Flight as a fighter pilot for the last seven display seasons and commanded the BBMF for the last three years, has moved on. With his time flying with the BBMF over, Disco is moving into a new post as the Training Officer on 29 Squadron – the Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit – at RAF Coningsby. He will also be flying Spitfire PR Mk XIX PS853, owned and operated privately by Rolls-Royce, during future display seasons, meaning that he will be one of very few pilots to have flown all of the BBMF’s founding aircraft from the Flight’s inauguration in 1957.