Gerald Cooper

Blade 4

Gerald’s career highlights:

  • Joined the Blades in 2018 as Blade 4
  • Commercial pilot and Licensed aircraft engineer
  • Around 6,500 flying hours
  • British National Unlimited Aerobatic Champion 2009 to date
  • Top Ten World ranking since 2007, Top 5 since 2013
  • European Freestyle Aerobatic Champion 2012
  • Recipient of the Royal Aero Club’s Britannia Trophy
  • Highest ever World Ranked British Aerobatic Pilot

For the first time in the team’s history, the Blades break the mould and welcome a non-Red Arrow pilot. Gerald flies as Blade 4, performing two solo routines during the Blades display. 2018 marks Gerald’s first season with the Blades Aerobatic Team, but it is his 12th airshow season.

More about Gerald

Starting his flying career in 1989, Gerald has flown as a Specialised Operations Pilot in some very challenging conditions, and over the past 18 years he has rapidly progressed up the rankings as a Competitive Aerobatic Pilot achieving the highest ever World Ranked British Aerobatic Pilot.

Coming from a family of aviation enthusiasts, Gerald was destined to be a pilot.  He began his flying career at Shoreham Airport qualifying as a Private Pilot in 1989.  In 1991 he qualified as a commercial and instrument rated pilot.

By 2000 Gerald had begun a parallel career as a Competitive Aerobatic pilot. Within a couple of years, he was rapidly escalating up the rankings, winning his first ever medal tally for Team GBR at the 2003 European Advanced Championships; he secured Gold, Silver and three Bronze Medals finishing 3rd overall. The following year as part of the British Unlimited Team, Gerald helped secure the first ever British Team medal with a third place Bronze position.

Over the years Gerald has secured many Team GBR medal positions having competed at every World Championship since 2005, and cementing his position to date as the highest ranked British pilot in the history of the sport.

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