Woman pilot joins Red Arrows
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