Red Arrows

Watch: RAF pilot on Red Arrows 'FOMO' and new commercial airline career

Squadron Leader Steve Morris spoke to us about being Red 9, his next career move, and still being on the Red Arrows Whatsapp groups.

A former member of the Red Arrows has left the Royal Air Force to become a civilian pilot.

As Red 9 in the Royal Air Force's aerobatic display team, Squadron Leader Steve Morris has travelled the world.

After two stints with the Reds, he is now pursuing a new career with a commercial airline and told Forces News about his excitement for the next step in his career.

Steve's final public display with the Red Arrows was in October above Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales in Portsmouth.

He said: "I finished on the Red Arrows two weeks ago and since then I've been here, doing my civilian flying, so I haven't actually had a chance to take a step back and go 'Right, I’m finished now.'

"The Red Arrows 2022 season, so they started training just yesterday and I'm still in some of the Whatsapp groups, so you see a few Whatsapps pinging around just as you would on day one of the new season.

"That kind of hit me a little bit but I’m so busy here that I didn’t have a chance to digest what was going on."

Steve has just a few courses left to finish before entering the world of commercial aviation.