Richie 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 whilst at University in Bristol, 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 gaining a commercial licence and instructor rating, 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 and T28 Fennec.  Richard is Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots and serves on the Court and a member of British Air Display Association and Vintage Aircraft Club.