The Red Arrows
It’s now over 50 years since the Red Arrows first took to the skies, transfixing the British public with their astonishing displays of daredevil precision and aerial aerobatics. Manned by some of the best pilots in the world, their jaw-dropping displays are world-famous, and their incredible aerial feats have cemented their status as national treasures. The Red Arrows represent the very best speed, agility and precision of the Royal Air Force, and the pilots behind the planes are rigorously selected for their nerves of steel, lightning reflexes, and millisecond-perfect timing. Each one has years of distinguished service in the Royal Air Force under their belts, and plenty of stores to tell.
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‘Heart-pounding, exhilarating . . . A fascinating testimony of jeopardy, cool heads and the sheer exultant addiction of flying.’ SINCLAIR MCKAY
‘An exhilarating read! The next-best thing to taking the controls of a Hawk fast-jet. And you’re much less likely to throw up.’ BEN MILLER
‘Inspirational . . . Precision, style and dedication. The Red Arrows are the ultimate in teamwork.’ TIM PEAKE
‘Perfectly enjoyable . . . As the Red Arrows head towards their 60th anniversary, it’s clear the team’s place in our hearts is secure.’ DAILY MAIL
“Occasionally, you and the team come within read of perfection, up there in the rarefied air of the skies. You never know when those moments will come, but it’s what you yearn for as a pilot.”
The Red Arrows represent the very best speed, agility and precision aerobatic flying in the Royal Air Force, and the people who wear those iconic red flight suits are rigorously selected not just for their flying skills, lightning-fast reflexes and nerves of steel, but for their mental resilience, courage and humility.
Written by the Officer Commanding and former Red 1 Team Leader, Wing Commander David Montenegro, and full of never-before-shared tales from pilots past and present, this thrilling history is both a faithful record and a fascinating account of not only what it takes, but what it means, to be a Red Arrow.
Praise for the Red Arrows:
‘A lifetime’s ambition . . . I still can’t believe I’ve been in a fighter jet. It was fantastic – just to feel the G-force was spectacular.’ LEWIS HAMILTON
‘So tight, crisp and professional’ CHRIS HADFIELD
‘I can never quite believe that anyone can fly and aircraft with such precision’ PROF. BRIAN COX
‘The skill level they have is just off the scale. The Red Arrows is an amazing display of quality’ DAVID COULTHARD