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