Woman pi­lot joins Red Ar­rows

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LON­DON: Bri­tain’s Royal Air Force Aer­o­batic Team, the Red Ar­rows, has in­tro­duced the team’s first woman pi­lot.

Twenty years since women were first al­lowed to be­come RAF pi­lots and 45 years since the Ar­rows were for med, Flight Lieu­tenant Kirsty Moore, 31, will take her place as “Red 3” in the leg­endary for­ma­tion.

Moore is the daugh­ter of a re­tired RAF nav­i­ga­tor who used to take her as a child to see the Red Ar­rows. She joined the RAF in 1998, be­com­ing a Hawk in­struc­tor and then a Tor­nado pi­lot.

She has served on two op­er­a­tions in Iraq in sup­port of Bri­tish, Amer­i­can and Iraqi ground forces.

Moore was not the first woman pi­lot to ap­ply to be a Red Ar­row. How­ever, she was the first to be short­listed and se­lected. “Hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent the Royal Air Force is a great hon­our, and I am de­lighted to have been se­lected for that role,” she said. – Reuters

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