The team started in 1994 under the umbrella of Richard Goode who had
been flying and organising aerobatic displays since the mid 70s’. He
saw the need for a team aerobatic display using the Sukhoi aerobatic
aircraft to add to his already popular solo displays. The team started
with Paul Bonhomme as leader and Warwick Brady as “wingman”.
Proving that the team was in the midst of the aerobatic world’s most creative minds, the team was called the “Sukhoi Duo”. In 1997, Steve Jones brought his competition aerobatic skills to the team and we flew a handful of shows as a “three”. Warwick was obviously so impressed with the new format that he left the team to make yoghurt in Poland.
The team, now back to a two-ship, went on to compete in the formation aerobatic team class of the FAI World Grand Prix in China, Japan, Czech Republic, United Arab Emirates and Switzerland. They won 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal. Whilst flying in this competition, they continually found themselves up against the “Flying Bulls” and, again displaying amazing creativity, renamed the team the “Matadors”
The team has continued to fly all over the world and last displayed abroad in Dazu, China in May 2011.
In 2012, we are concentrating on displaying in the UK.
The team flew solely the Sukhoi aerobatic aircraft from 1994 to the
end of 2010. 2011 was a transition year where they flew both the
Sukhoi and the all new XtremeAir XA41. Since the start of 2012, the
team has just been flying the XA41.
Please visit : www.matadorsaerobaticteam.com/