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Cameron Rolph-Smith

Flying solo since he was 15, Cameron has performed aerobatic, low-level and formation flying in air shows throughout Australia and around the world. He is an experienced pilot, having flown a wide range of aircrafts including the Yak 52, Harvard, Wirraway, Trojan, Nanchang, TBM Avenge, Yak 3U, L-39 Albatross, P-51 Mustang, Stearman and WACO.

Cameron has dedicated an enormous amount of time developing his skills and passion for all things aviation. He established one of Australia’s leading aircraft restoration companies Performance Aero in 2012. This was after recognising the demand for a maintenance and restoration workshop that specialised in warbirds and classic aircraft. Along with his many projects, he is currently restoring a world-leading 1944 Super Marine Spitfire MK14(E).

A current board member of Australia Warbirds Limited, Cameron is a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and Commercial pilot. His true soft spot is for Super Cubs.

Steve Boyd

Stephen is a Senior Captain with Cathay Pacific Airways, flying the Airbus A330 with more than 17,000 hours in his logbook. His flying career began at 16 when a childhood passion for aviation led him to glider flying with the Queensland Air Training Corps.

He gained his commercial pilot’s license 15 months after finishing high school. In 1994, Steve joined Cathay Pacific Airways and moved to Hong Kong. Initially a Second Officer on the Airbus A340, he was promoted to First Officer on the Boeing 747-400 and in early 2005 he was promoted to Captain on the Airbus A330/340.

In 2009 Steve returned to Australia with his family, continuing to fly with Cathay Pacific while indulging his interest in warbird aircrafts. He purchased a CAC Wirraway and an L39 Albatros. Steve is part of the Fighter Pilot team operating the L-39 Albatros and lives in Brisbane with his wife and daughters.

Brad Bishopp

Brad’s life revolves around the world of aviation, with his earliest memories being around the Archerfield Airport. With a deep passion for aircraft, Brad has always immersed himself in aviation, currently perfecting his piloting skills, flying warbirds such as the T-6 Harvard and P-51D Mustang. He also pilots turbo props and is undertaking flight lessons in helicopters.

Brad is serious about all things aviation, including establishing a fleet of classic WWII aircraft. He also dedicates countless hours to the growth of Fighter Pilot, with a drive to share the dream with aspiring flyers. His dreams include owning a Spitfire and a Corsair.

Aviation is in Brad’s blood, with his Grandfather and Great-Uncle having both served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, with both parents and his younger brother being avid general aviation pilots. Brad’s son has also recently gone solo.

Outside of the world of aviation, Brad leads the team at Bishopp Outdoor Advertising; one of Australia’s leading out of home advertising companies.

Rodney Ginn

Rodney is an aviation enthusiast based on the Sunshine Coast and has been a pilot since the early 1990’s. With several thousand hours of experience, he is a keen flyer of Fighter Pilot’s Yak-52 and has an undeniable love affair for the WACO Biplane affectionately known as Marilyn.

Rodney also pilots emergency service missions, including fire spotting and fauna & flora research. He is passionate about sharing the flying experience through Fighter Pilot.

Like all the team at Fighter Pilot, Rodney’s experience began as a small boy, growing up around Caloundra Airport where his father Brian maintained and kept many small planes in a state of preparedness for many owners. This is where Rodney first fell in love with Aviation. Over his 22 years of flying, Caloundra still remains Rodney’s main base.

James Crockett

James is the Chief Pilot of the Fighter Pilot Group. When not flying Warbirds, you could spot him preparing for a Pacific crossing in the Boeing 777 for Virgin Australia.

James’ passion for aviation started as a young boy, he completed his first solo flight in a glider on his 15th birthday. Gaining his pilots licence before he could legally drive a car, his passion for aviation started before most. An accomplished airshow pilot in his younger years before taking on commercial turbo prop’s and light jets  in his twenties. James was promoted to various senior management positions within the regional airline industry, before he took up a position with Virgin Blue, flying the Boeing 737 as First Officer. In 2006 James was promoted to Captain, on the Boeing 737. In 2010 James took up a position flying the Boeing 777.

Today, James continues to fly with Virgin, whilst also being heavily involved in the aviation community. He currently sits on several boards of management and continues to be a contributor to the industry through his oversight of flight operations for several well known organisations.



“Dream come true! Went out in the Mustang with super-pilot Cam and had the time of my life! Heaps of fantastic aeros and awesome views of Brisbane and Moreton Bay. It was an awesome experience being inverted in a barrel roll and a loop. This is truly a bucket list experience that I have just put a massive tick beside! Thanks so much to Brad, Cam and Bec at Fighter Pilot adventure flights!”

- Graham Gill

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- Trip Advisor Reviews

“What an awesome experience in the back seat of Steadfast. Super helpful and friendly team and the flying experience was entirely out of this world. How many people can say they have flown in a formation with and tail chased a Mustang while flying in a World Record holding Yakovlev. Simply beyond words! Real bucket list stuff!”

- Daniel Drake
This was my second flight with the team at Fighter Pilot. Last time I flew on the L39 and this time I chose the Mustang.
My hubby decided to come along and try the L39. We upgraded to the Platinum and am so glad I did, the team flew us in formation all the way to the Gold Coast. Being so close to each other in the air was amazing.
The aerobatics on the Mustang was a treat, I was surprised as to how smooth it was.
Our Pilots Steve and Cameron were so accommodating and really went above and beyond for us. I can't thank them enough for such an incredible experience.
These flights are super addictive and will start saving up to do this again
- Dannii49 - Trip Advisor

“Really great flight in the Yak 52 – all of the staff were really friendly and helpful. I recommend this to anybody looking for some great fun.”

- Jack Van Veldhuizen
I have an 18 year old that is interested in a flying career - he has had a lesson or two and I hoped that this experience would help him make more informed decisions about what direction he would aim for. Career advice is not exactly what this company does – however Steve and his team took extra time and effort to explain various aspects to us and answered all our questions concisely and patiently. The reason became obvious – these people are absolutely passionate about flying and it is contagious. Friendly, patient and professional. Also they explained the risks and how it will be managed throughly - Other Australian tourism focused companies should send their staff to come observe how it is done.
- Jan M - Trip Advisor

“What a blast – another adventure off my bucket list. My father was a WWII Spitfire fighter pilot and was awarded a DFC & Legion of Honour for his role in D Day. He has now passed and I have always wanted to experience a flight in a WWII fighter. My first wish was a Spitfire and if not available a P-51 Mustang. Finding a two-seater fighter is not easy but Fighter Pilot solved the problem. Thanks to Cameron and his P-51D I was able to experience the thrills, power and adrenalin of a flight in a Mustang. This was the ultimate flight and a dream come true. Thanks to Rebecca, Cameron & Fighter Pilot team for the experience. The DVD was a bonus to maintain the memory.”

- John Cowpe

“The Fighter Pilot experience really is unreal! I never thought I’d get the chance to barrel roll through the sky in a L-39 and feel those G’s. I would recommend this to anyone, especially if you have a Top-Gun fan in your life! It’s the perfect gift that will change their life. Thank you so much Fighter Pilot – I will certainly be back for more!”

- Kelly Forbes
So good!
Not only was the flight definitely worth the cost and all I could have asked for, but the opportunity to see some of the vintage aircraft up close was incredible. The friendly people added to this experience as it was great to chat and see so many people passionate about the same thing, great community!
I felt safe the entire time and once again the professionalism and knowledge of everyone there was amazing. Will definitely be doing this again at some point and I’d like to thank everyone there, particularly Cam for being great pilot and good bloke! Also would like to mention Peter as he took some photos for us and was interesting to talk to.
- Lewis P - Trip Advisor
Definitely one the best experiences I have ever had (and I've had a few) Steve and Paul are professional, friendly and just great blokes.
Steve took me up in the L39 albatross (which was immaculate) Steve made me feel safe and comfortable through the whole experience, keeping me constantly updated and aware of what was coming up... Top gun stuff!!
From the pre flight brief, through the flight, to the post flight brief, all world class!
I haven't been able to wipe the smile of my face, and tell everyone I know
- Richard A - Trip Advisor
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