Belfast Telegraph

Friday 4 September 2015

First female joins Red Arrows

Published 13/11/2009

The first woman pilot to join the Red Arrows said she she had been inspired to go into the RAF by her father.

Speaking of her delight at being selected for the prestigious aerobatics display team, Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore (32) said her father Robbie Stewart was a retired Tornado navigator.

Earlier this year she saw off competition from up to 40 other pilots keen to join the team, which carries out displays all over the world.

She has been training with them since September and yesterday she spoke to the media for the first time since her successful application.

Flt Lt Moore said: “It's an awesome job. To be told I had been selected was one of the best days of my life, it was incredible.

“The girl thing is an aside for me because I have been a female all my life and I've been a pilot since joining the RAF.

“I know for outsiders it is a big thing but for me it is about timing and someone was always going to be the first woman to join the Red Arrows. I'm lucky enough it's happened to me and I'm very proud.”

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