Ten aircraft engineering technicians are chosen to form a team known as the Circus.
Circus engineers are each allocated to a specific pilot for the duration of the summer display season.
They fly in the passenger seat of the Hawk to and from display airfields and service the aircraft before and after every display. Once the display season is over, they return to their normal squadron duties.
The unique experience of flying regularly in a fast jet means that these are some of the most sought-after engineering jobs in the Royal Air Force.