Confessions of a Flying Instructor: Teaching the RAF's Fighter Pilots

Author(s): Tug Wilson

ISBN: 9781781559079
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An RAF flying instructor tries his best not to kill himself or his students while teaching air combat and low-level manoeuvres.
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  • Experience first-hand what it was like to train as a fighter pilot in the RAF

  • Takes you right inside the RAF’s fast-jet pilot training stream in the 1990s

  • Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs from Tug Wilson’s private collectionA must-have for military enthusiasts, historians, modellers and those interested in the complexities of aircraft design and manoeuvres during the Cold War

  • Of interest to aviation and military historians, modellers, gamers and flight simulator enthusiasts (War Thunder, DCS, etc.)

You would think that it would be easy to teach student pilots to fly and fight when you had been a fighter pilot yourself? Not so fast! Follow Tug Wilson as he became an instructor, mentor, coach and father-figure to his young and enthusiastic charges at the RAF Valley fighter school during the 1990s.

After surviving three years flying the RAF’s greatest and scariest fighter – the mighty McDonnell Douglas Phantom – Wilson tried his hand at teaching his flying skills, which he learned when stationed on the Cold War frontline.

Despite being more mature and responsible for teaching trainee pilots and navigators in the cockpit of a BAE Systems Hawk, he almost killed himself and at least one of his students.

Confessions of a Flying Instructor: Teaching the RAF’s Fighter Pilots builds on the insecurities and pure unadulterated joy that Wilson experienced while flying. It is an open and honest account of his professional and personal life, much in the style of Confessions of a Phantom Pilot: Memories of Flying the Phantom FGR2, his first book for Fonthill Media.

Ever wondered what a fast-jet pilot goes through while learning the intricacies of air-defence and low-level flying? Or how to cheat in air combat? All is revealed in Confessions of a Flying Instructor.

BOOK ISBN 9781781559079
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 240 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 7 February 2023
ILLUSTRATIONS 25 colour photographs


Tug Wilson grew up in North Yorkshire and in 1985, his dream came true when he joined the RAF. He was selected to fly the mighty Phantom for his first tour. After raging around for three years at the frontline, Wilson became a tactics and flying instructor on the BAE Systems Hawk. Following this, he was extremely lucky in securing an exchange tour with the US Marine Corps flying the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet in California. His final flying tour was on the Tornado F3 before a heart condition curtailed all his fun.