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Red 1 - Team Leader

Squadron Leader Martin Pert

Red 1 - Team Leader

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Born in Scotland but educated at Parmiter’s School, Garston, Sqn Ldr Martin Pert was commissioned into the Royal Air Forcein 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 trg. Martin remained at RAF Valley and spent 3 years on 208(R) Sqn 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) Sqn, Martin conducted Operations in Afghanistan, 2 Exercise Red Flags, numerous Aircraft Carrier detachments along with multinational CQWI and TLP exercises.

Martin spent 6 months flying the Hawk TMk1 in the Aggressor role on 100 Sqn before being selected for the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, 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 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 fly-pasts 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 Dec 2014 and joined the newly reformed II(AC) Sqn 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 over Iraq and Syria. This will be his first year as Red 1, Team Leader.

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