Sqn Ldr Ling joined the RAF in 1998, and operationally flew the Tornado F3 over the UK and Falkland Islands.
His first spell with the Red Arrows was as a display pilot, joining in 2007 and flying as Red 3 in the 2008 season, this time including being part of the Synchro Pair, which is formed of Reds 6 and 7 performing opposition manoeuvres during a show.
The pilot then completed six seasons as Red 10, a role which means being the team's supervisor, maintaining contact with the Team Leader and providing commentary at events on the ground.
The engine winds down on my 2585th and final flight in a red Hawk (yes ACTUAL FINAL this time!). 29 of these different red beauties flown over 1765 flying hours in 10 years. What an incredible privilege it has been to fly them #smokeoffgopic.twitter.com/jqGlRmuxXa