Bio

AIRFORCE

Band Members


Chop Pitman - Lead Guitar

Chop Pitman

Doug Sampson - Drums

Doug Sampson

Flavio Lino - Vocals

Flavio Lino

Tony Hatton - Bass Guitar

Tony Hatton

Chop Pitman - Lead Guitar

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

Doug Sampson - Drums

I was 14 when I got my first drum kit and started practicing all the time. My first band was the Jets formed with friends. We played a few gigs . Then I answered an ad In a music magazine for a rock drummer. When I went to the audition the bass player was A bloke by the name of Steve Harris. We got on well and played good together. I got the job and stayed till Steve decided to leave to form his own band we now know today as Iron Maiden. He asked if I was interested in joining but declined the offer at that time. I later joined an Eagle's style band called Janski which was not for me long term and eventually left. Some time later Steve was playing the Bridghouse . Later that night he asked if I would now be interested in joining. I joined him and Dave Murry and started rehearsing for the next 6 months.Then we recorded the Sound house tapes We built up up quite a big following in a very short period of time .I left Dec 79 due to health issues. Then I met up with Chop and got Airforce together along with Tony Hatton and my brother Sam. The band disbanded after a some years. After 25 years we reformed the original line up with new vocalist Dilian Arnodov and that is where we are today.we are now recording and gigging regularly.

Flavio Lino - Vocals

Flavio Lino - Vocals

Lino is a Heavy/Power Metal singer from Portugal.

He started at a young age in some Heavy Metal bands in his home country.

His first oficial Heavy Metal band was Deadlyforce, he recorded the album “From This Hell” in 2014 and played many shows, supporting such acts as PAUL DIANNO, RAM, ROSS THE BOSS, PICTURE to name a few.

He left the band in 2017.

He started an Iron Maiden tribute band called IRON BEAST, wich to this date is the prime tribute band in Portugal.

In 2016 he entered the contest “THE VOICE PORTUGAL” where he sang “Painkiller” by Judas Priest.

In 2018 he and the Iron Beast Tribute band played the famous venue “Cart& Horses” in London, were he was spotted by Airforce’s axe man, Chop Pitman, and was asked to audition for the band.

Lino officially entered AIRFORCE in 2018.

With Airforce he recorded the album STRIKE HARD, wich will be released on the 4th of September 2020.

Tony Hatton - Bass Guitar

Tony Hatton - Bass Guitar

Beginnings

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 and Chop Team Up

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.

Other Pursuits

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.

Reunited

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 Flavio Lino.


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