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DEFENCE DAILY: Longest-Serving Red Arrows Pilot Retires & Forces Families Missing Out

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The RAF Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows (Picture: MoD).

Longest-Serving Red Arrows Pilot Retires 

Squadron Leader Mike Ling has flown for the Red Arrows for the final time.

He is the RAF Aerobatic Team's longest-serving pilot and returned as Red 3 as Flight Lieutenant David Stark recovered from injuries sustained in a crash at RAF Valley - when engineer Corporal Jonathan Bayliss tragically lost his life.

Squadron Leader Ling piloted a Red Hawk more than 2,500 times over 10 years.


Forces Families Missing Special Occasions

Over half of military families (56%) admit being apart for once-in-a-lifetime moments, like the birth of a child, according to the latest SSAFA survey.

It also found that 81% of the civilian population did not know that military deployment can be up to 10 months long.

SSAFA surveyed the Forces community past and present to highlight the uniques challenges by military families. 


Calls For Ethnic Pay Gap To Be Revealed 

Businesses could be forced to reveal their ethnicity pay gap under government plans.

The Government says the leaders of public services including the armed forces are also to reveal plans to increase ethnic minority staff in senior roles.

The Prime Minister says people from minority groups often "feel like they are hitting a brick wall" at work.