Red Arrows swap flying suits for running kits to announce participation in the 2010 Virgin London Marathon

The Red Arrows swap their famous red flying suits for red running kits at RAF Scampton on Tuesday 12 January, as the Team announces its participation in the 2010 Virgin London Marathon to raise funds for the vital work of the RAF Association’s Wings Appeal.

The Reds Arrows marathon team includes all nine Red Arrows display pilots, Red 10 and other members of the Red Arrows support team. Remaining close to the family values of the charity, some of the wives/partners of the pilots will also be running with the Team to raise money (if you wish to donate click here).

The Virgin London Marathon takes place on Sunday 25 April 2010 and the team hopes to raise around £40,000 for the RAF Association’s Wings Appeal. The charity provides welfare support for current and former Royal Air Force personnel and their families. RAF Red Arrows

The Red Arrows are supporting a major new Wings Appeal project that will enable RAF personnel serving overseas to telephone home to their families more frequently, helping them to feel close to their loved ones even though they are thousands of miles apart.

To make a secure donation to the Red Arrows’ Wings Appeal fundraising campaign, go to rafa.org

Red 1, Squadron Leader Ben Murphy, Officer Commanding and Team Leader of the Red Arrows, says: “We are extremely proud to be running the Virgin London Marathon to raise money for a cause so close to our hearts. All Red Arrows pilots have served on operations, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and so recognise the vital importance of the welfare support provided by the RAF Association’s Wings Appeal. Being able to keep in regular telephone contact with your family is one of the most important things in the world.”

The Red Arrows RAF Association Wings Appeal Virgin London Marathon team includes:

RED 1, Officer Commanding and Team Leader – Squadron Leader Ben Murphy (from Loughborough, Leicestershire)

RED 2 – Flight Lieutenant Ben Plank (from Worcestershire)

RED 3 – Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore (from Lincoln, Lincolnshire)

RED 4 – Flight Lieutenant Dave Davies (from Colwyn Bay, Wales)

RED 5 – Flight Lieutenant Zane Sennett (originally from Hong Kong, educated in Surrey)

RED 6 – Flight Lieutenant Mike Ling (from Orpington, Kent)

RED 7 – Flight Lieutenant David Montenegro (originally from Bogota, Colombia, educated in Dulwich)

RED 8 – Squadron Leader Graham Duff (from Penrith, Cumbria)

RED 9 – Flight Lieutenant Simon Rea (from New Zealand)

RED 10 and Road Manager – Squadron Leader Graeme Bagnall (from Cumbria)

2010 will be the Red Arrows’ 46th display season. Since the Team’s creation in 1965, the Red Arrows have flown over 4,200 displays in 53 countries. Today the Red Arrows are renowned throughout the world, acting as ambassadors for Great Britain when displaying overseas. They also support UK industry by demonstrating the capabilities of British equipment and expertise. The Royal Air Force has some 3,000 servicemen and women deployed overseas on operations at any one time. Many of the Red Arrows’ pilots and support staff have recently returned from Afghanistan and Iraq and many will be temporarily sent on operations overseas during their time with the Red Arrows. As soon as they leave the Team, all will return to duties which directly support the Royal Air Force’s operational commitments around the world.