(Left to right) Flight Lieutenant Chris Lyndon-Smith; Flight Lieutenant Toby Keeley; Squadron Leader Mike Bowden; Flight Lieutenant Dan Lowes (Picture: RAF).

Red Arrows

Four RAF Red Arrows Pilots Leave Aerobatic Team

The pilots have taken part in a total of 17 display seasons between them.

(Left to right) Flight Lieutenant Chris Lyndon-Smith; Flight Lieutenant Toby Keeley; Squadron Leader Mike Bowden; Flight Lieutenant Dan Lowes (Picture: RAF).

Four pilots from the iconic Red Arrows air display team are moving on after a combined 17 display seasons of service.

The historic 11-week tour of North America, performing displays in more than 25 cities to promote UK business, tourism and defence, marked a successful end to the season for the Reds.

For the four departees, it was a bittersweet finale.

Among those departing is Red 3, Squadron Leader Mike Bowden.

He is heading off to fly for a commercial airline, after five seasons as a Reds pilot - something which formed his childhood dream.

One of his career highlights was the trip to Miramarthe home of'Top Gun'.

WATCH: The Red Arrows spent part of this year touring the United States.

Speaking during the visit, he said: "There's two things growing up - one's clearly the film and this place, and the second is watching the Red Arrows, so to put the two together and be here, I've kind of got to pinch myself a little bit."

Flight Lieutenant Toby Keeley, Red 6, leaves after three seasons.

His role has involved performing many of the most recognisable elements of displays.

Having served in the Royal Air Force for 16 years, he takes with him "extremely fond memories - particularly of the comradeship and friendships".

Most Red Arrows pilots join for three seasons, but Flight Lieutenant Chris Lyndon-Smith was fortunate enough to carry out two tours, and this season was his sixth.

The Reds flying over the Niagara Falls on their 11-week tour of North America (Picture: MOD).

Also waving goodbye is former Typhoon pilot, Flight Lieutenant Dan Lowes, who flew as Red 9 this year, and was the team'sExecutive Officer.

It was his third season with the Red Arrows.

"The first year I joined [I spent]six weeks in the Middle East, amazing," he said.

"Second season - the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, 100-aircraft flypast over Buckingham Palace, and then my third year - an eleven-week tour of North America.

"If I could have written it, and asked for it, people would have laughed at me and told me to go away, so I'm just so grateful that it's happened."

Training has already begun for next year's busy schedule but the team's new members are yet to be announced.