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Captain Tom Bunn

Captain Tom started working with the creators of the first fear of flying courses in 1980. These courses had run since 1975.

SOAR was started only a few years later in 1982 and has evolved into an increasingly effective course as Captain Bunn has fine tuned it through extensive experience of working with fearful fliers.

Captain Tom Bunn

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Find out about Captain Tom Bunn & his flying background

After graduating in psychology at university, Captain Tom Bunn entered the Air Force. Number one in his class when he achieved his license to fly in 1960, he was given his choice of assignments, and chose to fly the Air Force's first supersonic jet fighter, the F-100. He served from 1961 until 1965 with the 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany flying the F-100 and F-105. Additionally, he specialised in accident investigation and developed a safety device for the F-100.

Captain Tom Bunn with his class and F-100
Captain Tom Bunn highlighted & his class with F-100 aircraft

While in Germany, Captain Tom also raced a Lola Mk5 Formula 3 at the Nurburgring, Zolder, Zandvordt, and Rouen. He took the car to the USA where he converted it to SCCA Formula C specifications, and won a National Championship in 1965. This car is currently in the UK, having been shipped back to Europe from the USA.

Lola Racing Car
The Lola Racing Car, as described above, was owned and driven by Captain Tom Bunn (recent photo)

Lola Nurburgring ring, Germany driven by Captain Tom Bunn
Lola Racing Car driven by Captain Tom Bunn at Nurburgring Ring, Germany

Between 1965 until 1986, he flew  DC-8s, 707s, and 747s internationally with Pan Am.

Boeing 707
Boeing 707 like the one Captain Tom flew. This was the first large commercial jet airliner. The first was the British 36-seat Comet 1, built by De Havilland which flew for the first time on July 27, 1949. It was flown by BOAC which later became British Airways. The Boeing 707 was the aircraft with which the USA gained the lead in commercial jet aircraft manufacture. (Photo Author: RuthAS)

DC-8 Airplane
DC-8 aircraft as flown by Captain Tom Bunn

Between 1986 until 1996, he flew 747s, 757s and 767s at United Airlines.

Boeing 757 aircraft as flown by Captain Tom Bunn

Boeing 767 aircraft as flown by Captain Tom Bunn

The first fear of flying course was initiated by Captain Truman "Slim" Cummings at Pan Am. Captain Tom Bunn worked with him until founding SOAR in 1982 to develop more effective methods for dealing with flight problems. Tom earned a Masters Degree with top honors, and several years of postgraduate study at the Gestalt Center Of Long Island, the New York Training Institute For Neurolinguistic Programming, and The Masterson Institute. He was licensed as a therapist in 1990.

Boeing 747 aircraft as flown by Captain Tom Bunn

Other activities include Ski Patrol, SCUBA diving, and developing and patenting a retractable ski binding.

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