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Hundreds remember Red Arrows pilot

Hundreds of RAF service men and women have joined family and friends to remember a dedicated and inspirational Red Arrows pilot with an "infectious smile" at a memorial service.

Flt Lt Jon Egging died in August while completing a Red Arrows display at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Around 1,000 military service men and women, family and friends joined his wife Dr Emma Egging at a packed Lincoln Cathedral to remember the pilot.

His Red Arrows team mates also attended, along with TV presenter Carol Vorderman and Queen star Brian May, who had flown with Flt Lt Egging and the team before the 33-year-old's death.

At the service his wife paid tribute to a loving husband dedicated to his family and his job.

She told those gathered at the service that Jon "lived and breathed his passion for flying".

She said: "A great deal of what made Jon, Jon, was his commitment to serving and supporting others whether in his capacity as a husband, son, brother, as a team mate, flying instructor, whether on operations in Afghanistan or as Red 4, Jon wanted to be there for others and to support and serve them and the RAF to the best of his ability."

Echoing the sentiments of Squadron Leader Ben Murphy and Group Captain Harv Smith, who also spoke at the service, Dr Egging spoke of her husband's confidence and hard work to both achieve his own dreams and inspire others around him.

His achievements, such as being selected for the Red Arrows in September 2010, were down to "hard work and his positively," she said.

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