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14 March 2016

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Cadets get to design Red 1’s flying helmet for 75th anniversary celebrations

AIR Cadets are being asked to design the flying helmet worn by the Team Leader of the Red Arrows, to mark their organisation’s 75th anniversary.

The winning sketch will be applied to a real helmet, worn by Red 1 and flown in a display by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.

The competition is being held to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets in 2016.

Once brought to life, the successful design will be seen on a helmet worn by Squadron Leader David Montenegro, Red 1 and Team Leader of the Red Arrows.

It is hoped he will wear the helmet for a display at the Royal International Air Tattoo, being staged in July.

Red 1

Squadron Leader Montenegro said: “The look of the Red Arrows’ flying helmet has changed little over the years since the team’s first season in 1965 – making this competition very special.

“Air Cadets are being given a unique opportunity to celebrate their organisation’s 75th anniversary in a bold, fun and very high-profile way.

“The Royal International Air Tattoo is one of the Red Arrows’ biggest shows of the year and tens of thousands of people will see the display in which the winning helmet design is being flown.

“Hopefully, this will not only be a fitting tribute to the Air Cadets but also encourage even more young people to join the organisation, be inspired by aviation and learn how they could be the next generation of the RAF.”

The RAF Air Cadets comprises both the Air Training Corps (ATC) and the Combined Cadet Force (RAF).

The ATC was established in 1941.

In addition, some of the 208 sections of the CCF (RAF) were also founded in 1941 and will thus also celebrate their 75th anniversary.

Many cadets have gone on to join the RAF and forged very successful careers – several Red Arrows pilots past and present have been members of ATC squadrons.

The Red Arrows will judge the helmet proposals, before the best overall design is chosen.

This one-off design will be applied to a single helmet and the winning cadet will get the chance to present their creation to the Red Arrows at the Royal International Air Tattoo.


Squadron Leader Montenegro said: “As a team, the Red Arrows are fortunate enough to meet countless cadets every year, from right across the country, and I know how creative and adventurous they are.

“The whole Squadron is anticipating some very clever and eye-catching designs which will both celebrate the 75th anniversary and also take inspiration from the Red Arrows as a theme.”

The Red Arrows are currently training hard for the 2016 display programme, which is expected to begin at the end of April and will be the team’s 52nd season.

To learn more about the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, visit

How to enter:

• The design should combine two themes: the RAF Air Cadets’ 75th anniversary and the Red Arrows

• Cadets must hand-draw their design on to the four blank templates, available to be downloaded from: or

• Up to 200 words may be submitted in support, to explain the design

• Each participant must be a serving cadet in the Air Training Corps or CCF (RAF) and only one entry per cadet is allowed

• Cadets should consider their availability to attend the Air Tattoo in July but it’s not a prerequisite to enter the competition

· Entries must be sent by April 18, 2016 to: ATC75 Helmet Competition, Red Arrows Public Relations Department, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, RAF Scampton, Lincoln, LN1 2ST

• Entries must include details of the cadet submitting the design including full name, rank, squadron, age, e-mail address and telephone number

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