The Red Arrows are an RAF (Royal Air Force) UK airplane stunt team. As a young boy, my bedroom walls were covered in posters and pictures of the red Arrows and my biggest dream was to be a Red Arrows pilot. I must have seen their aerobatic stunts 50 times and I’m never left with anything but astonishment at the amount of skill that must be involved. Sadly, yesterday, whilst performing at an airshow in Bournemouth, a Red Arrow jet plane crashed into the ground. Police have confirmed that 33 year old Red Arrow Flight lieutenant Jon Egging died in the accident.
‘A gifted aviator, he was chosen to fly in the Red 4 slot, on the right hand outside of the famous diamond nine formation – an accolade in itself being the most demanding position allocated to a first year pilot.
‘Throughout his winter training and the display season to date, his professionalism, skill and humility have shone through.
‘A true team player, his good nature and constant smile will be sorely missed by all. In such a close knit team, this tragedy will be keenly felt by his fellow team members, the Reds, and all of the engineering and support staff, the Blues.’[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpDWnzc8E7o]