Wing Commander Rustin was one of the RAF’s leading test pilots whose 17 years of testing experimental aircraft and the RAF’s front-line fighters was recognised by him being awarded the Air Force Cross and Bar. After a period as a fighter pilot, Rustin completed the course at the Empire Test Pilot’s School where he was awarded the McKenna Trophy for the best all-round student on his course. He served at the Royal Aircraft Establishment’s three major test centres at Farnborough, Bedford and Boscombe Down. After leaving the RAF he flew classic jets on the airshow circuit and qualified as an airship captain.
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