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Red arrows confusing display team make up

Old 16th Aug 2022, 22:49
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Daddy, Daddy, When I grow up I want to be a Red Arrows pilot! Sorry son, you can't do both!
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Old 16th Aug 2022, 23:12
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Daddy, Daddy, When I grow up I want to be a Red Arrows pilot! Sorry son, you can't do both!
Above average pilots do have an ego. They must have that to do what they do. But they can have an ego and not be a Richard Cranium. The Daily Mail love one Red for reasons we all know. I met him in a mess one day and he was in bully mode. Why was I there? Invited guest (and I was civilian in rank was my answer). Mentioned the incident to another officer whom was there at the time a few years later and his reply was "He could be like that! Countdown.
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Old 17th Aug 2022, 03:46
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I think many of the RAF's best fast jet pilots avoid the Reds.

The role requires parading in the public eye, which doesn't sit well with many warfighters and can, in extreme cases, attract the wrong type of individual.

I do hope the RAF get this sorted. It could be seen as a good thing that the dirty laundry is being aired in public and I hope that the problem is dealt with head on, with no half-measures. Whether it's an individual, or a recruitment process - things clearly need to change, for the long-term success of the team, and before the accidents start to happen again.

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Old 17th Aug 2022, 21:22
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Because non political nicknames still exist?
They mean why mention it yet not state the nickname?

Also "political and non-political" pilot nicknames don't exist outside the minds of teenage and twenty-something Twitter users.

Wet blanket.
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Old 17th Aug 2022, 22:10
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"The accidents". one way or another, have not stopped, unless one has short memory.

The very existence of the Reds depends on an unquantifiable belief that they are good for recruiting, image, trade, prestige, ceremonial and the like.

On the cost side they gobble up funds, maintain obsolete aircraft, keep about a dozen trained fast-jet pilots from useful roles, and consume vast amounts of red paint, dye, fuel and vino.

Time was, but this is 2022. Perhaps we should try to do without, as we are practising with fewer and fewer.
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 00:40
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Originally Posted by STIG781 View Post
They mean why mention it yet not state the nickname?

Also "political and non-political" pilot nicknames don't exist outside the minds of teenage and twenty-something Twitter users.

Wet blanket.
They do like they still do in any military organisation. I don't mention it as the guy has not been officially announced as selected yet, even though others screwed up big time on keeping a secret. I was talking to him on Saturday and congratulating him on his selection. Lots of people know the bloke due to his wide range of aeronautical hobbies outside of the RAF sphere and he is respected in the RAF as being a bloody good egg.
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 07:15
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Originally Posted by Low average View Post
I do hope the RAF get this sorted. It could be seen as a good thing that the dirty laundry is being aired in public and I hope that the problem is dealt with head on, with no half-measures. Whether it's an individual, or a recruitment process - things clearly need to change, for the long-term success of the team, and before the accidents start to happen again.
Agreed. But worth saying that the RAF tried to keep this covered up. It isn't they who are airing it. Wash, rinse, repeat.


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Old 18th Aug 2022, 08:13
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I agree with LB, I served as groundcrew on 92 (Biue Diamonds) and we still had an AD role in Fighter Command. In these difficult times , good as they are they are a luxury we can ill afford.
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 08:39
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I struggle to see how, if pilots leave as planned at the end of the year, RAFAT will rebuild as a nine ship and bring the rear section back to the show. Reds 4 and 6 have done 5 and 4 years respectively, with Red 5 also coming towards the end of his expected time on the team. That leaves Red 7 to move up to synchro lead with 3 pilots required to move to the back of the team and somehow recreated the Gypo break etc. Public maths, if people leave as planned, there would only be 2 pilots available to move back to the roles of Red 7,8 and 9. It is not a safe course of action unless people stay on for another year and help rebuild the team.

Assuming that things are as bad as they seem at Scampton, why would anybody wish to remain beyond their expected tour? This might be a natural time for the RAF to consign RAFAT to the history books. Their display this year is, at best, lame and I fear that too much damage has been done.
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 11:33
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Gypo break etc.
Slightly surprised they are still allowed to call it that!
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 13:01
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Well, this will be interesting...

The RAF Red Arrows will return to the Middle East this year as part of a five week tour, making their debut at the Bahrain International Airshow and visiting the nations of Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The Royal Air Force announced on Monday that the team will be participating at the Bahrain International Airshow on the 9th-11th November 2022 – one of the region’s most important aviation trade shows, held biannually since 2010. While in the region, the team will tour several other nations, including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, supporting the UK’s business and defence initiatives. The RAF said they also hoped the tour would include the team’s first visit to Egypt in almost 20 years.

Totalling five weeks, the tour will begin after their European display season ends, likely commencing in early October and finishing in mid-November. Their European season began in France on the 28th May, with their final appearance currently scheduled for the Great North Run on Saturday 11th September.

The Middle East is the Red Arrows’ most recent destination outside Europe, with the team having visited in 2014, 2016 and 2017. In 2019, they instead toured North America, but returned to the Middle East for a short mini-tour in 2021 in support of the UK’s participation in the delayed Expo 2020 event in Dubai.

This will be the Red Arrows’ first visit to the region as a seven-ship team; the squadron is performing with just seven jets this year, rather than the usual nine, after the unexpected departure of two pilots during pre-season training.
Red Arrows to undertake five-week Middle East tour in late 2022 - This is Flight

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Eight performing at Benson today. Pic courtesy of a family member.

Nice cars too!
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 16:25
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I see MT has improved, or is it cutbacks and they haven't been able to replace them yet?
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Old 18th Aug 2022, 20:13
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I see MT has improved, or is it cutbacks and they haven't been able to replace them yet?
They will belong to the SWO and the MT WO [if such posts still exist]
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Old 19th Aug 2022, 06:46
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I'm afraid the Reds are ready to be consigned to history just like the field gun and mast manning. Nice while it lasted but definitely not the best anymore and hardly relevant as a showcase of British industry. Years ago people on here were claiming that "It only cost 10 million a year" (yeh right) and was "value for money". When a twin rotor Wokka can wow the crowds without all the drama about who's made who cry behind the scenes, that's value for money; especially when the aircraft actually has a day job! Cheers now
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Originally Posted by oldgrubber View Post
I'm afraid the Reds are ready to be consigned to history just like the field gun and mast manning. Nice while it lasted but definitely not the best anymore and hardly relevant as a showcase of British industry. Years ago people on here were claiming that "It only cost 10 million a year" (yeh right) and was "value for money". When a twin rotor Wokka can wow the crowds without all the drama about who's made who cry behind the scenes, that's value for money; especially when the aircraft actually has a day job! Cheers now
What he said. I have always been an air show fan but I usually left before the Red Arrows "topped the bill". I have always preferred to watch a solo Lightening, Phantom, Harrier, Tornado or Typhoon solo display and judging from crowd reactions, I wasn't the only one
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What he said. I have always been an air show fan but I usually left before the Red Arrows "topped the bill". I have always preferred to watch a solo Lightening, Phantom, Harrier, Tornado or Typhoon solo display and judging from crowd reactions, I wasn't the only one
Ha! That's so funny: a wokka having the same wow factor as the Reds.

Watching the Reds at big seaside shows - with the real British public - the massive applause, oohs and ahhs makes me proud to have once served and the crowd's reaction sends a tingle down the spine. But I appreciate for some - a chip on the shoulder or jealously - may not appreciate the excellence on display.
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Old 19th Aug 2022, 07:34
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Does the excellence on display add value to the RAF or U.K. plc ? If so, keep them. If not, well……
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Does the excellence on display add value to the RAF or U.K. plc ? If so, keep them. If not, well……
Yes, that would be a good criterion. If only we knew how to measure it ...
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Old 19th Aug 2022, 08:19
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KK,
I have neither a chip on my shoulder nor jealousy towards the 'Arrows' I have been there as I stated (as an Air Radar fitter I was on the 'Derv' team !) BUT we also ,as I said we played our part in AD exercises and the like. As we appear to be lacking in FJ pilots and groundcrew my take is that these members of the 'Arrows' could be more usefully employed elsewhere in the RAF.
Given the 'diversity' pause in RAF recruiting I do wonder who would attempt join the RAF just because of one of their displays .
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