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Red 10 - Supervisor

Squadron Leader Adam Collins

Adam Collins green suit 2018

Age: 39

Education: Adamattended Solihull School in the West Midlands, where he was a member of theCombined Cadet Force and received an RAF Sixth Form Scholarship. Adamwent on to study Aeronautics and Astronautics at Southampton University and wasa keen member of the University Air Squadron where he flew the Bulldog atBoscombe Down.

Career: After completing fast-jet flyingtraining, Adam’s first operational tour was on IX(B) Squadron at RAF Marham,flying the Tornado GR4. He was thenfortunate enough to be selected to fly the F-111 for 3 years on exchange withthe Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Amberley in Queensland. He tookpart in numerous exercises in Australia and Asia and was the last exchangepilot to fly the aircraft type. On returning to the UK, Adam re-qualified onthe Tornado GR4 and served operationally on XIII and II(AC) Sqns before beingpromoted to Sqn Ldr.

Following a 2-year tour as an AirStaff Officer working with the British Army, Adam was posted to 100 Sqn as aFlight Commander, where he flew the Hawk T1. He provided aggressortraining for front-line fast-jet and helicopter sqns along with Close AirSupport training to land forces. Adam left 100 Sqn as the ExecutiveOfficer and is in his first year with the Red Arrows.

Background: Adam’s interest in aviation was sparked from an early age when, as achild, he would watch jets flying from RAF Valley near his Grandparents’ housein Anglesey. He dreamed of becoming afast-jet pilot and learned to fly with the Air Cadets when he was 17 years old. Adam now lives with his wife and two children in Lincolnshire. In his spare time,he enjoys running, golf, general aviation and British sports cars (when timeand money allow!).

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