We are delighted to share some updated news on Lieutenant Danielle Welch (nee Hancock).

Danielle studied at St. Dominic’s Priory School through the 1990’s, later attending Bath University, where she obtained a degree in Aerospace Engineering, with French.

After a prolonged selection period she was given a offerred in the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, where she initially trained as a fixed wing pilot, prior to the disposal of the Harrier jet aircraft, at which point she transferred on to helicopters. After a successful period flying helicopters she was put back on to the fast jet programme.


Danielle recently completed the latest phase of her career in the Fleet Air Arm and now, as well as qualifying as a Royal Navy Office of the Watch, followed by receiving her wings to fly the Lynx helicopter, on 26th May she received her second set of ‘wings’, after successfully completing the course flying the turbo-prop Tucano. She will start flying BAe Hawk T2 in July, before moving on to Typhoon and, later, the new F35B Lightening II (the Harrier’s successor).

As with her previous flying courses (Grob, to receive her fixed-wing qualification, then Lynx, to receive her rotary wing qualification), Danielle also received a number of awards, on this occasion being presented with the following:-

The Fuller Trophy awarded to the student who shows the greatest proficiency in general flying;

The Eustace Broke Loraine Memorial Trophy awarded to the best all round student;

The Bishop Trophy awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in formation flying.

All of the flying courses were attended by pilots from both the Royal Airforce and the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, which makes wining these additional awards all the more impressive.

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