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Squadron Leader Martin Pert

About Squadron Leader Martin Pert

Red 1 - Team Leader

Born in Scotland but educated at Parmiter’s School, Garston, Martin was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 2000 through the Sixth-Form Scholarship scheme.

Martin progressed through flying training on the Firefly, Tucano and Hawk and was selected as a ‘Creamie’ at the culmination of his training. Martin remained at RAF Valley and spent 3 years on 208(R) Squadron as a Qualified Flying Instructor on the Hawk TMk1. During his time at Valley, Martin was the solo Hawk display pilot in 2006.

Martin was then posted to the Harrier GR7/9. Whilst on 1(F) Squadron, Martin conducted frontline operations and numerous aircraft carrier detachments, along with multinational exercises.

Martin spent six months flying the Hawk T1 in the aggressor role on 100 Squadron before being selected for the the Red Arrows for the 2012-2014 seasons. Flying as Red 2, 4 and 8 respectively, Martin’s time on the team saw him display and engage with the public throughout the UK and mainland Europe. 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, in concert with major flypasts for the 2012 London Olympics, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Promoted to Squadron Leader during his time on the Red Arrows, Martin was selected as a Typhoon flight commander. 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, along with numerous exercises as far afield as Las Vegas, the UAE, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Immediately prior to returning to the Reds, Martin served on operational duty in the Middle East.

The 2019 season will be his second year as Red 1, Team Leader.

Watch a video of Martin talking about his career

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