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Red 4

Flight Lieutenant Chris Lyndon-Smith

2017 Red 5 Green

Age: 36


Chris was educated in the West Midlands and Norfolk.


Aged 16 Chris was awarded a Royal Air Force Flying Scholarship and went on to complete his Private Pilot’s License the year after. He then joined the Royal Air Force in 1998. After Elementary Flying Training, he was selected to fly Fast Jets. On completion of the Tactical Weapons Course at Royal Air Force Valley in 2002, Chris was posted to the Tornado GR4. Whilst on the Front Line, Chris also completed the Combat Survival Rescue Officers course at Royal Air Force St Mawgan and attended the Desert and Jungle Survival course in Australia. Chris was then posted to 208 Squadron, Royal Air Force Valley where he served as a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) for three years, after which he was posted back to the Front Line in 2008 where he served as the Squadron QFI. Chris was then selected to fly in the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team where he flew as Red 2, 7 and 6 between the years 2011 to 2013. Post his Red Arrows tour Chris was posted to 100 Squadron where he flew as one of the Aggressor pilots in Air Combat, Close Air Support, and Low Level Evasion roles. He also served as one of the Deputy Flight Commanders and was one of the Instructors on the Squadron. He rejoined the Aerobatic Team in August 2016.


Chris was born and raised in Africa till the age of 10 before his family decided to return to the UK. Chris has always wanted to fly and was in the Combined Cadet Force from the age of 13. He is a very keen kite surfer and is an IKO/BKSA Level 2 Instructor. He is also a keen skier, scuba diver, rugby player and enjoys riding his motor bike. Chris lives with his wife and son in Lincolnshire.

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