Bruce McDonald joined the Royal Navy as a seaman and saw service off Palestine before joining the RAF and training as a pilot. He flew jet fighters before becoming a flying instructor. He also saw service in Kenya during the Mau Mau Emergency. He became one of the best known and most respected flying instructors serving at the Central Flying School on four tours including one with Standards Flight. He formed and then led the ‘Vintage Pair’, a Meteor and Vampire synchro aerobatic pair. He was twice awarded the AFC and also a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air. Between his CFS tours he flew Hunters in Germany, Lightning fighters and instructed on the Jaguar.
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