A few weeks ago I was contacted out of the blue by a chap I used to go to school with, who is now stationed at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus where the Red Arrows are training for the forthcoming display season. He very generously offered to obtain a one-off signed photo for me. It arrived in the post yesterday. Due to last year's tragic events, there will only be 7 display jets this year, and the signatures are those of:
  • Red 1, Squadron Leader Jim Turner
  • Red 2, Flight Lieutenant Martin Pert
  • Red 3, Flight Lieutenant Mike Child
  • Red 4, Flight Lieutenant James McMillan
  • Red 5, Squadron Leader Martin Higgins
  • Red 6, Flight Lieutenant Ben Plank
  • Red 7, Flight Lieutenant Chris Lyndon-Smith
Flight Lieutenant Dave Davies and Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Stewart will continue with the team as Reds 8 & 9, but will only be flying for fly-bys, not full displays.
This photo is a watermarked, very low-res sample of the original to prevent theft. Huge thanks to Staff Sergeant Ben Feasby.
Date taken: 03 April 2012

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