Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Douglas Pulford, GCB, CBE, ADC served as a Wessex helicopter pilot on exchange with the Royal Navy during the Falklands War of 1982. On returning to the RAF he converted to the Chinook, which he flew extensively through his operational career. He commanded 18 Squadron, operating Chinooks, and went on to be station commander at RAF Odiham, the main base of the RAF Chinook force. After a number of higher command and staff appointments, he was appointed Chief of the Air Staff, the professional head of the RAF, in 2013. He is now Chair of the Trustees of the RAF Museum.
The Chinook is a step up from any other aircraft