LESS than a week after they appeared at Whitby Regatta, tragedy struck the Red Arrows as a pilot was killed when his plane crashed following a display in Bournmouth on Saturday (20 August).
Flt Lt John Egging (33), from Rutland, flew on the outside right hand of the diamond formation and was killed when his Hawk T1 aircraft, Red 4, crashed near the River Stour at Throop village.
In a statement Flt Lt Egging’s wife, Dr Emma Egging, described her husband as “an exemplary pilot” and said watching him during the display was the “proudest” she had ever been.
She added: “Jon was everything to those that knew him, and he was the best friend and husband I could ever have wished for.”
Speaking to his local newspaper, The Leamington Observer, in May, the 33-year-old said being part of the world-famous team was “an absolute privilege”.
“You are so focussed and working so hard to concentrate you just don’t get a chance to feel scared,” he added.