What can we ex­pect at the Dubai Air Show from the Red Ar­rows?

Friday - - Society Living Leisure -

Pas­sion­ate about be­com­ing a jet pilot for as long as he can re­mem­ber, Flight Lieu­tenant James McMil­lan is liv­ing his dream as Red 7 – the tag that means he is pilot No 7 of the Red Ar­rows, the world­fa­mous aer­o­batic team. In part­ner­ship with Red 6 he does some of the trick­i­est ma­noeu­vres and spine-chill­ing turns in the air. There are 10 pilots – nine fly while one is on standby.

Born in the UK, James and his fam­ily moved to New Zealand when he was 10 and he was ac­cepted for pilot train­ing in the Royal New Zealand Air Force in his last year at school.

Af­ter the New Zealand Govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to dis­band all fast jet air­craft, James, 32, ac­cepted an of­fer of ser­vice from the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) and trans­ferred to the UK in 2002. Com­plet­ing his train­ing on the Hawk, he was se­lected as a “creamie” Qual­i­fied Fly­ing In­struc­tor (QFI) in 2003. In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Fri­day, he talks about ar­du­ous train­ing, his thoughts be­fore a flight and how it feels to be quite lit­er­ally on cloud nine. There are three types of dis­play the Red Ar­rows can fly – the full dis­play, the rolling dis­play and

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