Red Arrows pilot Squadron Leader Adam Collins, known as Red 10, met hundreds of students at a major science and engineering fair being staged in Birmingham.
He spoke about about his career flying fast-jets at the Big Bang event which runs from 14-17 March at The NEC.
Members of the Red Arrows team are among a large Royal Air Force presence at the fair – part of British Science Week and the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people, aged between seven and 19-years-old, in the United Kingdom.
Red 10, who is originally from Solihull and is the supervisor of the world-renowned display team, said: “It’s fantastic to come back home to the West Midlands and meet hundreds of young people who are passionate about aviation, engineering and science.
“Events like this enable us to share what we do and I hope that my own career proves the RAF provides world-class training and experiences for young people, who are then inspired to learn more.
“Our centenary is a special milestone and I can’t wait for the 2018 display season where our team will play a big part in the exciting RAF100 celebrations.”