BBC Home
Explore the BBC



Last Updated: Thursday November 12 2009 08:14 GMT

First ever woman pilot for Red Arrows

Kirsty Moore

The Red Arrows have made history by taking on their first ever female pilot.

Kirsty Moore will join the team of pilots, based in Lincolnshire, next season - which starts in 2010.

The RAF said that until now no female fast-jet pilot had advanced far enough in their flying career to join the display team.

Flight Lieutenant Moore, who has flown combat missions in Iraq, says it's a great honour to be chosen.

It's a tough challenge to get the job. About 30 fast jet-pilots apply to the Red Arrows every year but only the very best are successful.

Flight Lieutenant Moore was based with a Tornado squadron at RAF Marham in Norfolk before she got this job.