RAF Red Arrows Include First Female Pilot

Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore (Red 3 in the newly announced 2010 team), has created history by becoming the first woman pilot to be slected to fly with the RAF’s Red Arrows arial acrobic display team.

Flight Lieutenant Moore has a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering, and learnt flying through a scholarship granted by the Air League Educational Trust. She has also been a member of the University of London Air Squadron before joining the Royal Air Force in 1998.

Following her training, Flt Lt Moore was a Qualified Flying Instructor for three years, teaching students how to handle the advanced fast-jet trainer aircraft. She was then posted to XIII Squadron, serving on two operations in Iraq in support of ground forces.

Flight Lieutenant Moore said:

Having the opportunity to represent the Royal Air Force is a great honour, and I am delighted to have been selected for that role. It is certainly a major personal achievement for me – just as it is for every pilot that is chosen for the team.

Becoming a Red Arrow gives each pilot the opportunity to demonstrate the professionalism, quality leadership, team work, motivation, commitment and camaraderie of the Royal Air Force to audiences all over the world.

The 2010 Red Arrows display team is:

  • Red 1, Officer Commanding and Team Leader – Sqn Ldr Ben Murphy
  • Red 2 – Flt Lt Ben Plank
  • Red 3 – Flt Lt Kirsty Moore
  • Red 4 – Flt Lt Dave Davies
  • Red 5 – Flt Lt Zane Sennett
  • Red 6 – Flt Lt Mike Ling
  • Red 7 – Flt Lt David Montenegro
  • Red 8 – Sqn Ldr Graham Duff
  • Red 9 – Flt Lt Simon Rea
  • Red 10 and Road Manager – Sqn Ldr Graeme Bagnall

[ Source: MOD ]