Airline Captain and Lead Guitarist
Anyone who has driven west out of London on the M4 cannot fail to notice the procession of jets cutting through the air near Heathrow, tons of metal seemingly hanging in the ether awaiting its turn to unload scores of globetrotting souls.
At 200ft feet long with two Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines, Simon Barrett’s ‘company car’ is a little more powerful than the norm. A captain for the U.K.’s most prestigious airline, he has recently taken over the flying of the fleets new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Sitting in Simon’s beautifully renovated 16th century house in a small Wiltshire village, I ask him how he came to be a pilot, and what is written down in his Rhodia No.18. that is sat between us.
“Well this notepad is actually full of musical notations I’m trying to learn on my guitar! As for my career, it actually started on ships with the Royal Navy. I entered the Britannia Royal Naval college in Dartmouth pretty much straight out of school and trained in navigation and warfare. Later I specialised in diving and it was then that I became interested in flying. I served my six years and on leaving the Navy decided I wanted to be a pilot.”