Red Arrows

Circus 1

Flight Lieutenant Alicia (Lissy) Mason

2017 Circus 1 Blues Age: 35

Education - Educated at Croham Hurst School, South Croydon Lissy was also an active member of the Air Training Corps (1924 (Shirley) Squadron), where she reached the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer. Lissy went onto gain a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering with Power/Aerospace from the University of Surrey, Guildford.

Career - Following her degree, Lissy joined the RAF and graduated from Engineer Specialist Training in 2005. Her first tour was as OC Engineering Support Flight before assuming the post of OC Maintenance Support Flight at RAF Aldergrove supporting Operation Banner.After a tour on Operation Herrick in Kandahar, Afghanistan as Executive Officer working with NATO forces, Lissy returned to the UK and took up post as the Junior Engineering Officer on 29 (Reserve) Squadron - the Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Coningsby.In 2009 she moved to the Mechanical Systems desk for the Harrier Engineering Authority prior to its withdrawal from Service.

2011 was time for a new challenge away from trade so Lissy was selected as the Aide-de-Camp for Air Officer Commanding Number 22 (Training) Group responsible for the recruitment, selection, initial and professional training of RAF personnel as well as providing technical training for the Army and Royal Navy. Following this post, Lissy volunteered for a further tour in Afghanistan, this time working with the US Marine Corps in Regional Command (Southwest) Headquarters in Camp Leatherneck.Lissy returned to Lincolnshire to RAF Waddington where she provided engineering support to Number 1 Group Force Headquarters for 5 Squadron (Sentinel aircraft) and 8 Squadron (Sentry) operations. After some Group restructuring, she moved to the Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation at Waddington remaining on the Sentinel and Sentry desks. Missing the sunshine, Lissy volunteered for another overseas tour, this time at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar as Officer Commanding Engineering and Logistics Flight supporting 901 Expeditionary Air Wing and 83 Expeditionary Air Group Headquarters.

2017 is Lissy’s first year on RAFAT as the Junior Engineering Officer and Circus 1.

Background - Lissy lives in Stamford and is a keen snowboarder who has represented the RAF at the Inter Services Championships since 2012. She is also a fan of the performing arts and has treaded the boards at many RAF and civilian theatres and will regularly be seen behind the microphone, singing with any band that will let her. Her highlights have included performing in Macbeth as part of the RSC Open Stages Programme at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon and singing with her band in Covent Garden as part of the annual Poppy Day Appeal Launch.

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