Flight Lieutenant Oliver Parr
Olly was educated at Kingswood School in Bath. Before completing his A-Levels he gained sponsorship to join the Army as the RAF wasn’t recruiting pilots at the time. He then went on to study at Kingston University in London, where he spent time on the Officer Training Corps. Upon graduation he attended Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, although upon completion of the course in 1999 he chose to switch his Commission to the Royal Air Force with a view to pilot training.
Olly officially joined the Royal Air Force in the autumn of 1999 and immediately began pilot training. After completing Elementary Flying Training he was streamed to fly fast jets and progressed through to graduate from the Tactical Weapons Course at RAF Valley in the spring of 2003. He was role-disposed to fly the Tornado GR4 and upon completion of the OCU at RAF Lossiemouth he was assigned to 31 Squadron (Sqn) based at RAF Marham.
After a busy tour which was to include two tours to Iraq and multiple exercises in the USA ,Canada and Cyprus, he was posted to become an instructor at RAF Valley. During another busy tour he gained his A2 and CFS accreditation on the Hawk T1. In 2009 he was posted back to 31 Sqn for a second time on frontline service where he became the Sqn QFI and completed a four month tour of Afghanistan. This is Olly's second year in the Red Arrows and in 2013 Olly held the position of Red 2.
Olly was born into a family serving with the Armed Forces. As such he grew up experiencing homes in Germany, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, England and South Korea. In his spare time he is a very keen at all outdoor pursuits including skiing, rugby, scuba diving, hill-walking and travelling. When not chasing outdoor pursuits he likes to play the drums.