New pilots have begun training for their first season with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team. Preparations for the Red Arrows’ 2020 programme are already underway. Joining the team this year are three new pilots, who have been selected to succeed those who left at the end of last season. Each of them is an experienced RAF officer, having all previously flown Typhoon aircraft operationally.
The new Red Arrows pilots joining for the 2020 season Flight Lieutenants Will Cambridge (RED2), Nick Critchell (RED3) and James Turner (RED4). They will now spend the next three years with the Red Arrows, helping to demonstrate the best of British with aerobatic displays at home and overseas.
In around April, the team moves overseas for a period of focussed training in a location with more settled weather, which is an opportunity to perfect and polish a display that will be watched by millions in 2020. The season usually begins in late-May or early-June, with details of shows released in the New Year. The winter period is also a busy time for for the Red Arrows’ ground staff, who number more than 100 – as they prepare for the year ahead, carry out work on the jets and plan the summer.
Going into the 2020 pre-season training phase, the pilot line-up is:
Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – Wing Commander Andrew Keith
Red 1 and Team Leader – Squadron Leader Martin Pert
Red 2 – Flight Lieutenant Will Cambridge
Red 3 – Flight Lieutenant Nick Critchell
Red 4 – Flight Lieutenant James Turner
Red 5 – Flight Lieutenant David Simmonds
Red 6 – Flight Lieutenant Jon Bond
Red 7 – Squadron Leader Gregor Ogston
Red 8 – Flight Lieutenant Damo Green
Red 9 and Executive Officer – Squadron Leader Steve Morris
Red 10 and Supervisor – Squadron Leader Adam Collins