Tragic...........I was there this afternoon, watching from Boscombe cliff tops, with hundreds of others. Such an impressive show, but it all seems so trivial now, compared with the death of a young man. RIP wings, condolences to his family.
Taken at this year's RAF Waddington Airshow. Proof of why they are considered the best of the best.
(Reminds me, I was at Waddington International Airshow a few weeks ago and spoke to a Typhoon pilot who told me that one of Team Viper's Hunter pilots had a near miss. The pilot felt vibrations during the performance, landed, taxied off the runway and - his engine cut out completely. Unsurprisingly, he didn't fly the next day.
How easily it could have been him. The best laid schemes of mice and men go oft awry, unfortunately)
Edited to add image. Cracking photo below, Apple Catchers.
Gutted ....this is terrible news!!! Was sat on an airplane at bristol airport last Sunday watching the red arrows landing on the runway just feet away from us. R.I.P to a great pilot, national icon and no doubt a great man.
During his time on the front line, Flt Lt Jon Egging was proud to support coalition ground forces when flying operational missions in Afghanistan. He has also taken part in exercises in the United Kingdom and America. As part of Joint Force Harrier, Jon served with IV(AC) Squadron on HMS Illustrious, flying training missions off the UK coastline. He became the Squadron Qualified Flying Instructor during his last year on 'Happy IV', making the transition to teach on the Harrier Operational Conversion Unit, based at Royal Air Force Wittering, in April 2010.