Squadron Leader Mike Ling

Longest-Serving Red Arrows Pilot Retires

Squadron Leader Mike Ling piloted a Red Hawk more than 2,500 times.

Squadron Leader Mike Ling

The pilot flew a Red Hawk more than 2,500 times (Pictures: Crown Copyright).

Squadron Leader Mike Ling has flown for the Red Arrows for the final time.

He is the RAF Aerobatic Team's longest-serving pilot and returned as Red 3 as Flight Lieutenant David Stark recovered from injuries sustained in a crash at RAF Valley - when engineer Corporal Jonathan Bayliss tragically lost his life.

Squadron Leader Ling piloted a Red Hawk 2,585 times over 10 years, which included 1,765 flying hours.

On Twitter, the pilot described it as "an incredible privilege" to fly with the Red Arrows.