Since it's inception in 1989 Airforce enjoyed much local success with Chop Pitman on guitar, Doug Sampson ex-drummer of Iron Maiden, Sam "Tomcat" Sampson on vocals (formerly of Sam Apple Pie) and Tony Hatton on bass guitar. This original classic rock band from London names various artists as it's chief influencers, such as Black Sabbath, Van Halen and Judas Priest, amongst others.
Rolf Promel took over from Sam Sampson on vocals and was responsible for a lot of writing for the band and he was also the vocalist in a live recording. Chop is quoted as saying, “Why Has It Come To This, Fine Line and Melody In Me stick out as examples of his contribution to the band . . . He (Rolf) joined before Keith Haggis and was a big part of Airforce ... great song writer”. Keith Haggis was added to the line-up as a second lead guitarist. In 1999 Mick Dietz took over from Doug Sampson on drums until 2001 when the guys disbanded.
Airforce was reborn when Chop took to the stage once again after being introduced to a bass guitarist in 2008 who, due to work commitments, had been out of the music scene for a while. The ideal mix was found in 2009 after various drummers and vocalists were considered, finally settling on Dee Dyaz for vocals and Ian Jacklin on drums. Ian was a session drummer for many well known bands, and had even had chart success in the early '80s. Dee, sadly, had to be replaced after family commitments became a priority. Sebastian Bolocan took over for a while and then Freddy Ball.
The Airforce lineup has now settled with the original line up of Chop Pitman, (Lead Guitar) Doug Sampson, (Drums) Tony Hatton (Bass Guitar) and Dilian Arnaudov (Vocals)
They may have had a stuttering re-start but this true addition to British Rock Music now works extremely well together and perform some real rocking tracks. They are writing new songs as well as revamping old material to a higher production standard. ALL members of Airforce play a variety of instruments and contribute to new material, musically as well as lyrically. And as a result their melodies are instantly memorable and bass lines are punchy and driven. Sticking to the the very core of their early influences, Airforce FLY THE FLAG for the London Rock scene.
Chop Pitman - Lead Guitar
Chop has done sessions with many diverse artists including Doug Sampson (Iron Maiden) Sam Sampson (Sam Apple Pie) Alex Faulkner and Jez Coad (Simple Minds ). He formed Airforce with Doug and the others after jamming with Doug and Iron Maidens very own Steve Harris
Doug Sampson - Drums
Dilian Arnaudov - Vocals
Dilian Arnaudov (Denutarys) started his career as a vocalist in 1996 when he formed the Metal band SJK (which stands for smokejack kill). The following years have seen the band make highly successful live shows and special appearances.
The aggressive multi-octave vocal range and specific style definitely reveal his preferences to the harder trends in the modern Heavy Metal.
In 1999 Dilian produced the first SJK album named "Euthanasia" writing both music and lyrics. Dilian was recognized as a songwriter when he became a member of BMI in 2000.
The highlights in his career with SJK were the "Metal 2000" festival at "Academic" stadium in Sofia as an opening act for Motorhead, the "Arena Muzika" festivals in 2004 and 2005 supporting W.A.S.P. and Megadeth and "Kaliakra Rock Fest" 2007 opening for Motorhead for a second time.
Dilian started to work on the second SJK's album "The Metal Chronicles Part I" in 2004 co-operating with the guitar player Stefan Stefanov. The album was released in 2005.
A huge turning point for him was joining the British Heavy Metal band Nephwrack in the beginning of 2008. The EP Fall Of Empires was recorded and released in June 2008. The band had a lot of gigs and successful festival appearances. In 2010 Dilian and Nephwrack have parted ways. The split was amicable, they shared the same vision for the band, but had two different approaches which, in the end, could not be reconciled.
Dilian then joined another British Heavy Metal band called Snake Eyes in 2010 after meeting them a few months before, sharing the same vision of what Snake Eyes should be, Heavy Metal in the Highest Order! Soon after that he started his own project called KILLERA along with the guitar player Venelin Andreev.
In 2012 Dilian quit Snake Eyes to join the Thrash Metal band Day 40 and started working on their debut album along with its founder - the guitarist Den Dimitrov, the master mind of the band. The band released Only The Stones Remain album in 2014 and shot their first video called Naturicide.
In 2016 Dilian was officially announced as a frontman of the British Classic Rock band AIRFORCE. The band reunited in its original line up with the original members Chop Pit (Guitar), Tony Hatton (Bass) and Doug Sampson on the drums (best known as the drummer for Iron Maiden from 1977 to 1979). AIRFORCE are currently rehearsing and writing new material for the upcoming album.
Tony Hatton - Bass Guitar
Tony began his musical career aged 16 when with a group of school friends, and took up playing Bass
Guitar in his first Band,Pure Alcohol, playing a mixture of covers and original material.
Tony teamed up with Chop Pitman and drummer Mick Dietz circa 1979 and became the Bass Guitarist for the Rock Band EL-34.
Following the break-up of EL - 34, Tony and Chop along with ex-Iron Maiden Drummer Doug Sampson. formed Airforce.
Airforce enjoyed moderate early success without any of Airforce’s Studio recordings officially being released.
When Airforce disbanded, Tony pursued several business interests but always remained involved to some degree in music.
This continued musical involvement was with several bands,and Tony reformed his early Band
Pure Alcoholon occasion for one offshows.
Tony was joined in Pure Alcohol by Pete Franklin on Guitar and Vocals,and Jeff Braithwaite on Drums, ( both of Chariot fame ) and /or by Mick Dietz on Drums and Gary Sims on vocals, Gary and Mick both from the earlier EL- 34 line up.
In 2015, when Airforce, contributed a track ("War Games") to the "Origins of Iron" compilation Album, which led to the follow up Airforce debut Album, “Judgement Day”being released in July 2016, the original Airforce musical line-up was reunited.
The current Airforce line-up of Doug Sampson, Chop Pitman & Tony Hatton is now complete with the addition of Vocalist Dillian Arnaudov.