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Squadron Leader Martin Pert

About Squadron Leader Martin Pert

Red 1 - Team Leader

Years with the Red Arrows: 2012-2014 and 2018 - present
Joined the RAF: 2000
Age: 38

RAF career

Martin progressed through flying training at RAF Valley, flying the Firefly, Tucano and Hawk.

He was selected as a first tour Qualified Flying Instructor (or 'Creamie') at the culmination of his training, and spent 3 years on 208(R) Squadron as a Qualified Flying Instructor on the Hawk TMk1. He was also the solo Hawk display pilot in 2006.

Martin was posted to the Harrier GR7/9, and whilst on 1(F) Squadron, he conducted frontline operations and numerous aircraft carrier detachments, as well as multinational exercises.

He spent six months flying the Hawk T1 in the aggressor role on 100 Squadron before being selected for the Red Arrows for the 2012-2014 seasons, flying as Red 2, 4 and 8. 

In his role as the Executive Officer, he played a key role in the planning and execution of the team’s successful 2013 Middle East Tour, and major flypasts for the 2012 London Olympics, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Martin was selected as a Typhoon flight commander following his promotion to Squadron Leader.  He converted to the Typhoon FGR4 in December 2014 and joined the newly-reformed II(AC) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth

During his time on the Typhoon, Martin conducted NATO Air policing duties in the Baltic region, UK Quick Reaction Alert, numerous exercises as far afield as Las Vegas, the UAE, Japan and the Republic of Korea, and served on operational duty in the Middle East.

The 2020 season will be his third year as Red 1, Team Leader.

Watch a video of Martin talking about his career

Education and life before the RAF

  • Born in Scotland
  • Educated at Parmiter’s School, Garston
  • Received an RAF Sixth-Form Scholarship

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