Thursday, January 3, 2008
A video showing an RAF ground crew man breakdancing as he guides out £25million Tornado jets has become an internet sensation.
The video shows how other national ground crew men lead out jets before a message says: This is how the British do it.
The music changes to YMCA and shows Senior Aircraftman Dean Tabreham, 28, with massive white gloved dancing to the music while guiding out Britain’s elite RAF fighter pilots.
Another scene shows the member of the elite 12 bomber squadron throwing breakdancing moves while another still shows him moonwalking to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
The final scene shows Mr Tabreham dressed as one of the 118 118 characters jogging as he leads out the multimillion pound jets during a Nato tactical leadership exercise at Florennes air base, in Belgium.
The video was made by RAF staff to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Last night senior RAF staff Dean would not be repremanded for the actions.
An MoD spokesman said: ‘Dean is a top bloke who has been tearing up the tarmac with his moves. ‘He’s famous on the unit and proves RAF marshals are the best in the world.’
An insider told The Sun newspaper: ‘The Lineys [Dean’s team] have a great rapport with the Tornado crews who they see off and see back in on missions.
‘They like to send them off with a smile on their faces to help alleviate combat nerves on missions over Iraq.’