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How to become a pilot

To apply for selection to the Red Arrows, Royal Air Force pilots must first meet certain criteria:

- They must have a minimum of 1,500 flying hours.
- They must have completed a frontline tour.
- Be assessed as being above average in their flying role.

A shortlist of nine applicants are examined during a thorough selection week, and are put through a gruelling flying test, formal interview and peer assessments.

Three new pilots are chosen each year to replace the three that have finished their tour. The Team Leader must have completed a three-year tour as a team pilot earlier in his career, and is appointed in a separate selection process.

The pilots chosen for the 2017 team can be seen above.

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