A Typhoon pilot with 1 (Fighter) Squadron based at RAF Leuchars has been recruited by the world-famous Red Arrows for the 2015 season.
Flight Lieutenant Thomas Bould successfully passed the gruelling selection process for the Royal Air Force aerobatic team and is looking forward to beginning an intense training programme later this year.
A veteran of Quick Reaction Alert missions, Flt Lt Bould has seen several deployments to the Falkland Islands, as well as exercises in Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.
He said: “Aerobatic flying will be very different to frontline missions, but incredibly demanding and rewarding in different aspects.
“It was the professionalism of the Red Arrows and the excellence of what they do that stood out to me and inspired me to apply to join. I believe the Red Arrows firmly stand for these qualities and I will be immensely proud to be part of the team.”
The 32-year-old joined the Royal Air Force in 2005 and, following a successful season as the Tucano display pilot in 2010, was selected to fly the Typhoon multi-role combat aircraft at RAF Leuchars.
The Red Arrows first displayed to the public in 1965 and are renowned as one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, performing more than 4500 times in 56 countries.
To apply to join the Red Arrows, RAF pilots need to have at least 1500 fast jet flying hours, to have completed a frontline tour and to have been assessed as above average in their flying role.