The pilot killed during a display at CarFest North at Oulton Park this afternoon has been named as Kevin Whyman.
Festival founder and BBC presenter Chris Evans confirmed the news today (Saturday, August 1).
Mr Whyman leaves behind a wife and young daughter.
A statement from the The Heritage Aircraft Trust, operator of the Gnat Display Team, said the organisation was ‘very sad to announce the loss of one of its display pilots, Kevin Whyman, at an airshow for CarFest at Oulton Park today’.
The statement continued: “Heritage Aircraft Trust will be working with the Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Accidents Investigation Board to determine the cause of the accident.
“Kevin was a Royal Air Force trained fast jet pilot whose enthusiasm for flying the Folland Gnat was infectious. He will be greatly missed by his family, the team and many friends.
“Kevin leaves a wife and young daughter. Please respect the privacy of family members and of the Team at this most difficult time.”
The tragedy happened just after 2pm today during a dual air display. Mr Whyman’s plane crashed in a wooded area near the race circuit in Little Budworth.