The Support Team
It is the hard work of the Team’s support personnel that keep the Red Arrows flying.
This Team is made up of a Team Manager, a Road Manager (also known as Red 10), a Public Relations Manager and Public Relations Officer (the only two civilians on the Team), two Engineering Officers, an Adjutant and approximately 85 engineering technicians and other support staff. The latter are known as ‘The Blues’ because they wear distinctive royal blue flying suits during the display season. The Blues represent nine out of the Royal Air Force’s broad range of more than 65 technical and non-technical trades. Every team member has undergone intensive training in their particular specialisation throughout their Royal Air Force career.
The teamwork shown by the pilots in the air is reflected in the dedication and professionalism of the support staff on the ground. The support team’s success results from their Royal Air Force training, the pride they take in their work, and their determination, motivation, and, very often, sheer hard work. Without them, the Red Arrows could not function.