Air display enthusiasts the world over, and warbird afficionados in particular, will be familiar with the name Ed Shipley. I was lucky enough to meet Ed during the annual Warbirds display at Imperial War Museum’s Duxford airfield, Cambridgeshire.
A former Boeing 747 captain for Atlas Air, Ed is a member of the Bremont Horsemen Aerobatic Team – the world’s only P-51 Mustang formation aerobatic team. A founder member of the Bremont Horsemen, Ed has flown a range of aircraft from the T-6 Texas, through the P51-Mustang and F8F Bearcat to the F-86 Sabre jet. He’s piloted a Mustang across the Atlantic and flown an F4U Corsair off a nuclear aircraft carrier. Since taking off over ten years ago, the Bremont team’s philosophy has never changed – “We fly because we love it. We fly because it’s our getaway. We fly to honour the historic aircraft we are privileged to ride. We fly to escape life’s gravity.”