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Dawn Hadlow

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Dawn Hadlow
Born (1967-07-21) July 21, 1967 (age 53)
EducationKing's College London
SpouseChris Hadlow
Aviation career
Known forRAF's first female flight instructor
RankFlight Lieutenant

Dawn Mary Hadlow (born 21 July 1967)[1] is a British female aviator, and was the RAF's first female flight instructor (QFI) in 1993.

Early life[edit]

She was born Dawn Mary Bradley in Salisbury. From 1986-89 she studied for a BSc in Geography at King's College London (KCL), where she joined the University of London Air Squadron.


RAF Tucano ZF143 in May 1992, of 7 FTS at RAF Linton-on-Ouse

Royal Air Force[edit]

She joined the RAF in 1990, becoming an officer in April 1990,[2] gaining her wings in 1992. At the end of 1992, she was one of two women, with Jo Salter, to qualify as RAF jet pilots at RAF Brawdy. She flew with 32 Squadron on twin-jet aircraft at RAF Northolt. She became a Flight Lieutenant.

Flying instructor[edit]

She was the first female pilot from the RAF to qualify as at the Central Flying School as a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) in August 1993 on the Tucano. She currently works as a gliding instructor at RAF Upavon.

British Aerospace HS125 ZD621 of 32 Squadron from RAF Northolt in July 1996 at RIAT 96 at RAF Fairford

Personal life[edit]

She married in October 1994 in Devizes. Her husband Chris Hadlow flew the SEPECAT Jaguar with the RAF.[3] She has a daughter (born in April 2001) and a son. Her husband retired from the RAF in May 2006 and flew for six years with Ultimate High[4] and with TAG Aviation (Techniques d'Avant Garde).

See also[edit]

  • Keren Cavaciuti (later Keren Watkins), from Wales and later in 2006 became a flight instructor at RAF Linton-on-Ouse and a Squadron Leader as the RAF's first and only Jaguar female pilot with 54 Squadron at RAF Coltishall, and (Worksop College-educated) Helen Dobbs (later Helen Gardiner),[5] from Doncaster with the East Midlands University Air Squadron and flew the Tornado F3 with 43 Squadron as Britain's first female air defence pilot at RAF Leuchars before retiring in December 2012 at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, who both became the RAF's first female fighter pilots in June 1993 at RAF Chivenor.[6]
  • Volunteer Gliding Squadron


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