Sir Peter Bairsto was a highly regarded fighter pilot flying the Hunter in the 1950s. He led No. 43 Squadron’s aerobatic team, ‘The Fighting Cocks’ and then commanded No. 66 Squadron when it was judged to be the best fighter squadron in the RAF. He later served in Cyprus before commanding RAF Honington, the home of three Buccaneer squadrons. Although new to the maritime-attack role, he flew regularly and was appointed CBE at the end of his tour. In his later career he was Air Officer Training, the Air Commander of the Northern Maritime Region and retired after being the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of RAF Strike Command.
In the photograph of ‘The Fighting Cocks’ he is back right.
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