A pilot has clocked up 4,000 flying hours while serving with a newly formed Westcountry based Naval Air Squadron (NAS).
Lieutenant Commander Tim Taylor, who has also flown more than 4,000 hours as the captain of civilian jet planes, said it was a fantastic milestone.
"I've had a brilliant career so far", he said. "Flying fast jets with the Navy and RAF has truly been an outstanding experience and I hold many fantastic memories. Landing back at Culdrose from a taxing mission, having completing 4,000 hours, on a bright sunny day is quite magnificent."
Lt Cdr Taylor joined the Royal Air Force in 1986 and gained his wings in 1988 before starting his first of three operational tours flying the RAF Tornado F3 Air Defence Interceptor. In 1995 he was offered the opportunity of an exchange to the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm and the Sea Harrier FA2 squadron. Four years later, smitten with the versatility of the fighter jet, he transferred and served on all three squadrons flying the jet. He achieved the role of Senior Pilot before leaving the Fleet Air Arm in 2003. He is a now a reserve pilot with the Royal Navy reserve and continues to fly with the recently reformed 736 NAS.