Ian Pringle lived and worked in Rhodesia as an industrial chemist. He was later drafted into the Police Reserve Air Wing as a pilot.
Pringle received his MBA in the United Kingdom and spent his career working as a senior executive for Castrol International and BP, mostly in Asia and Europe. He has always had a passion for flying, and obtained a commercial pilot license to fly helicopters and ex-military fast jets.
In 2004, after he retired to Cape Town, South Africa, Pringle (and his two Cold War jets) teamed up with the aircraft company Thunder City. Now, he flies Hawker Hunters, Buccaneers and other aerobatic aircraft.