Radial Revelation's Pilots

Captain Martin Willing

Martin Willing

Martin Willing wanted to fly for as long as he can remember. He gained a Gliding 'C' Licence whilst in the CCF at his school in Jersey when he was 15 years of age, and entered the Royal Air Force at 17. Training on Jet provost, Vampire and Meteor aircraft, he won his wings aged 19 and was posted to Transport Command where he flew Argosy tactical transports as a co-pilot and then Captain in Europe and the Middle East, before moving to the VC10 in 1971. Once again, he flew as a co-pilot initially before being promoted to Captain, flying this superb aircraft on the world wide routes that Transport Command operated in those days. He left the RAF with the rank of Squadron Leader in 1977 to pursue a career in civil aviation.

Joining Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong, Martin flew Boeing 707's, Lockheed Tristars, and all models of the Boeing 747 before retiring in 1998 after having spent the previous nine years flying the Boeing 747-400 as a Training Captain. With more than 24,000 hours in his log book, Martin still flies as much as he can and besides presenting Radial Revelation's T28 aircraft, he also flies a Citation, Mitsubishi Mu2, and Cessna 425 and 414 for various clients in Jersey and commutes from the island in his own Piper Pa32.

Martin is the original 'total aviation person', who never allows an aviation opportunity to pass him by. Now aged 67, he is married to Anne-Marie and has a grown up family and lives in Jersey, close by the local airport!

Captain Ray Corstin

Ray Corstin

Ray Corstin is one of the five shareholders in Radial Revelation, the company that owns and flies the NA T28 Trojan/Fennec at UK and European air shows.

Ray is 66 years old and was until recently a professional pilot. His flying career spans some 39 years.

He joined the RAF in 1966 and trained on Chipmunks, Jet Provosts and Varsities. He flew Shackletons and Nimrods operationally in the late 60s and early 70s. He was the Nimrod Display pilot in 1974.

Ray left the RAF in late 1974 and then flew Heralds with BIA and Comet 4Bs & 4Cs with DanAir before joining Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong in 1977. During his 23 years with CX he flew B707s, B747-200s and 300s and B747-400s. He got his command in 1984 and subsequently became a training and then check captain and had 8 years in management. He was Chief Check Captain and then Fleet Manager of the B747-400 for 5 years. He retired from CX in 2000.

Since then he flew 2 years with Cargolux and a further 2½ years with Global Supply Systems, who operate for BA World Cargo, flying B747-400 freighters out of Stansted.

Ray retired from professional flying in March 2005 with some 17,500 hours. Ray finds the T28 a delight to fly and greatly enjoys displaying this remarkable old aircraft. He also has a PA24 Comanche. He is married, has two daughters and lives near Guildford, Surrey, UK.

Richard Piper

Richard Piper

Richard Piper grew up near to RAE Farnborough where he first became interested in aircraft watching Lightnings, Vulcans and Hunters display at the famous airshow.

This interest resulted in first hang gliding, and then gliding before gaining his PPL whilst living in the USA (doing the Statue of Liberty flight for real!).

On returning to the UK Richard continued his flying, with a growing interest in classic aircraft and aerobatics. As part of his love of radials he initially gained his CAA Display Authorisation on his Harvard, and also displays his Ryan PT-22

Richard is a Freeman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators and a member of Historic Aircraft Association, British Air Display Association and The Tiger Club.

He is greatly looking forward to displaying the T28.