An RAF pilot was guided into landing his jet by a colleague in another aircraft after suffering a loss of vision it has been reported.

After losing vision, the pilot was joined by another Hawk jet. Flt Lt Durban, a 39-year-old father of two who flew Tornado aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming an instructor at RAF Leeming, flew close behind the stricken pilot to talk him down according to the Telegraph.

The Hawk is a British trainer aircraft. It was first flown in 1974. It has been used in a training capacity and as a low-cost combat aircraft.

Operators of the Hawk include the Royal Air Force and a considerable number of foreign military operators. The Hawk is still in production in the UK and under licence in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with over 900 Hawks sold to 18 operators around the world.

A spokesman said:

“Flying in formation, and conducting an approach to land as a formation, is a daily skill practiced by RAF fast jet pilots.”

The pilot was flying solo during a training flight on Thursday and radioed for assistance while returning to RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.

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H Nelson
H Nelson
4 years ago

Balls of steel

Fred
Fred
4 years ago
Reply to  H Nelson

But eye of glass

Jason Rushton
4 years ago

Well done

Trev Shepherd
4 years ago

Fair play to you sir!

Andy Berry
4 years ago

any news on the poor pilot who lost their vision?

Daniel Adams
4 years ago

How did he lose it? Laser pointer by any chance?

Dave B Philips
Dave B Philips
4 years ago
Reply to  Daniel Adams

He had a some kind of Eye infection from what i have read. Not heard more than that.

Brian Trueman
4 years ago

Best fighter pilots in the world thank god he is safe and hope his sight is ok.

John Stevens
John Stevens
4 years ago

Best wishes to the pilot, hope the guy is ok?

Matthew Smith
4 years ago

Stephen Coyle. Dorian Legrand May. What. A. Legend!!!

Luke Thompson
Luke Thompson
4 years ago

well done to him. this is a clear demonstration of the professionalism of the Royal Air Force personnel. total respect to all those who keep our country safe.