Squadron Leaders Jon Bond, left, and Steve Morris after returning to RAF Scampton from their final Red Arrows display (Picture: RAF).
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Two Red Arrows pilots fly final sorties with UK display team

The last public display for Reds 6 and 9 was above the HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier in Portsmouth.

Squadron Leaders Jon Bond, left, and Steve Morris after returning to RAF Scampton from their final Red Arrows display (Picture: RAF).

Two Red Arrows pilots have flown their final sorties with the team – including one who is among the most experienced in its history.

Squadron Leader Steve Morris has completed seven seasons as a display pilot, across two separate tours, whilst Squadron Leader Jon Bond, who has notched up four straight years as a team pilot, is also leaving.

The last public display for Reds 6 and 9 was above the HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier in Portsmouth.

Sqn Ldr Morris, whose first season was in 2013, said: "My seven years with the Red Arrows have been the most enjoyable years of my life.

"It's been a busy, intense job but incredible to represent the Royal Air Force and the United Kingdom."

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Red Arrows pilots normally serve a three-year tour with team but, occasionally, operational reasons or other circumstances see a longer posting.

Many airshows and events were cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic so the pilots' positions were frozen for a further season to ensure a level of continuity and experience.

Sqn Ldr Bond, whose first season was flying as Red 2 in 2018, said there were many highlights of his time with the team.

"Being part of a huge, historic flypast over London, comprising more than 100 other aircraft, to mark the RAF's centenary was a spectacular and memorable moment from my initial year," he said.

New pilots for the 2022 campaign have been selected and the team line-up for the next year will be announced when training gets underway following a post-season break in November.