Boris Johnson compares being PM to flying as footage emerges of him in typhoon fighter cockpit

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Boris Johnson has compared his time as prime minister to flying a jet, and said after “three happy years” in the cockpit, he is going to hand over the “controls seamlessly to someone else”.

He made the comment as he opened Farnborough Air Show on Monday in one of his final public appearances as Tory leader.

Last week, footage emerged of the prime minister sitting in the cockpit of a Typhoon fighter jet during a visit to RAF Coningsby.

The video shows Mr Johnson happily flying alongside another aircraft, posing with a thumbs up to the camera on a clear day.

In a speech on Monday, he said he was pleased to visit the air show “in the climactic weeks of my time as prime minister”.

He said: “I want you to know that after three happy years in the cockpit, and after performing some pretty difficult, if not astonishing feats, getting Brexit done, restoring this country’s ability to make its own laws in Parliament.

“Have I told you this before? Never mind.”

Boris Johnson at the Farnborough Air Show (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Boris Johnson at the Farnborough Air Show (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

After listing a series of further achievements, including in relation to coronavirus vaccinations and military support for Ukraine,Mr Johnson said: “I am now going to hand over the controls seamlessly to someone else.

“I don’t know who, but whoever it is, I can tell you this, I can reassure you of this, that the great Rolls-Royce twin engines of this Conservative Government will roar on.

“Fantastic public services. A dynamic free market economy. Each boosting the other and developing, what’s the word I want, millions of tons of trust.

“And there could be no better example of that relationship and that symbiosis between government and the private sector, than the aviation industry.”

After the speech, Mr Johnson met aviation leaders and apprentices, chatted to British astronaut Tim Peake and stepped inside an electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft at the event in Hampshire.

The Prime Minister is set to leave office in September following the election of a new Tory leader.

Mr Johnson is facing criticism for not leading emergency meetings being held on Monday in response to the extreme temperatures.

Farnborough Air Show is one of the world’s biggest aerospace and defence trade shows.

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