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A woman is flying a Red Arrow for the first time

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Flt Lt Moore RAFEveryone knows the Red Arrows.  The characteristic hawk aircraft in red livery (based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire) are visible at most major air-shows and they are expected to appear at: the British Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Great North Run in Newcastle, and at the London Olympics.  Every year some 30 fast-jet pilots apply to the Red Arrows but only the very best are successful.  This year two new pilots were selected; Flt Lt Ben Plank and Flt Lt Kirsty Moore who will start training in September for a two year tour of duty from 2010 to 2012.

Flt Lt Moore is not the first woman to apply for the Arrows, but she is the first to make it to the short list.  Woman have been flying planes for the RAF since the beginning of the 1990s, but until recently no female fast-jet pilot had advanced far enough in their flying career to join the display team.  Successful applicants must have scored better than average marks in their flying career, have flown for a minimum of 1,500 hours and have completed at least one front line tour as a fast-jet pilot.   Flt Lt Moore joined the RAF in 1998 and trained new pilots on the Hawk aircraft at RAF Valley in North Wales.  She is currently flying with a Tornado squadron based at RAF Marham in Norfolk.  Those with long memories will know that Marham is where the much missed ‘Staff’ Cooper was posted to.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 November 2009 21:54