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Squadron Leader Graeme Muscat (right) succeeds Wing Commander Adam Collins (left) as Red 10 (Picture: RAF MOD).
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Red Arrows: New Red 10 fulfills boyhood dream

A new voice will now be heard commentating during the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team's displays this summer.

Red Arrows change Wg Cdr Adam Collins, left, handing over to new Red 10 -Sqn Ldr Graeme Muscat, right 04042022 CREDIT RAF MOD.jpg
Squadron Leader Graeme Muscat (right) succeeds Wing Commander Adam Collins (left) as Red 10 (Picture: RAF MOD).

The Red Arrows' new Red 10 has formally taken over ahead of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team's 2022 season – fulfilling a boyhood dream.

New Red 10, Squadron Leader Graeme Muscat will act as the Red Arrows' safety supervisor and, on the ground at events, he is the person who talks to the watching crowd throughout the show.

He succeeds Wing Commander Adam Collins, who has been Red 10 for the past four seasons and is now leaving the team after being promoted.

Sqn Ldr Muscat joined the RAF in 1995, beginning pilot training eight years later.

He flew the Tornado GR4 on the frontline as well as in multinational exercises and, more recently, he has been a Flight Commander on the Hawk T2 at RAF Valley.

Sqn Ldr Muscat said: "The Red Arrows are the best at what they do, they are a UK icon and are one of the notable facets that stand out when you think of Britain.

"Being part of this fantastic organisation is a boyhood dream and one which I can hopefully use to provide that inspiration to young people and also be an ambassador for the UK, both at home and abroad."

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Flight Lieutenant Stuart Roberts, Squadron Leader Graeme Muscat and Flight Lieutenant Patrick Kershaw, the new additions to the Red Arrows for 2022 (Picture: RAF).

A total of three new team members will join the Royal Air Force aerobatic display team for the 58th season in Red Arrows history.

Sqn Ldr Muscat (Red 10) will be joined by Flight Lieutenant Stuart Roberts (Red 2) and Flight Lieutenant Patrick Kershaw (Red 3).

Over the last few weeks, Sqn Ldr Muscat has been gradually learning about the various aspects of the Red 10 role from his predecessor.

This included a "very thorough" handover covering a wide range of areas from the display supervision right down to liaising with the various safety and regulatory agencies as well as RAF senior officers.

Role of a Red 10

The role of Red 10 differs from the rest of the team, when acting as a safety supervisor, he will be a key point of contact with Red 1 during flights.

Red 10 is in place at an event location well in advance of the team's planned performance time and the arrival of the Red Arrows display team.

From a position on the ground, the supervisor checks for potential hazards and – during the Red Arrows' show – maintains radio contact with Red 1, the Team Leader, and the formation flying above.

Red 10 is at every event, allowing the pilot to meet countless people as well as commentate to tens of thousands each year.

Being able to interact and inspire the crowds was "very much part" of why Sqn Ldr Muscat was interested in the role.

Although not a pilot in the main display formation, the Red 10 role is among the most prominent and dynamic in the team.

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