Red Arrows recruit first female pilot
Lincolnshire born Kirsty Moore has been selected to fly as part of the 2010-2012 Red Arrow's display team.
Kirsty Moore has landed a dream job with the world famous Red Arrows display team, she is the first female pilot to not only make the prestigious short list of candidates, but she is now the first ever female member of the The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.
Along with Kirsty, Ben Plank from Worcestershire was the other successful candidate out of around thirty applications from fast jet pilots for the two posts.
The Royal Air Force fast-jet pilots will join the Red Arrows in September 2009 to begin training for their three-year tour with the team, based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.
Red Arrows over New York
Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore (31) joined the RAF as a pilot in 1998. She has served as an instructor on the Hawk aircraft at RAF Valley in North Wales and is currently flying Tornado GR4 with XIII Sqn based at RAF Marham in Norfolk.
Applicants are chosen for the Red Arrows display team purely on merit and must have flown a minimum of 1,500 hours and completed one front line tour of duty as a fast jet pilot.
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.
Team leader of the Red Arrows, Wing Cdr Jas Hawker, said: "The short list of candidates to join the Red Arrows represents some of the very finest fast-jet pilots in the Royal Air Force."
Kirsty Moore will now be able to look forward to the prospect of flying as part of the display team at events such as the British Grand Prix, the Great North Run and at the London Olympics in her final year with the team.
last updated: 13/05/2009 at 15:47
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R. Rowley ex WRAF