Flying high in display team

Senior Aircraftman James Robinson from Whitley Bay. Picture by Cpl Steve Buckley/RAF.
Senior Aircraftman James Robinson from Whitley Bay. Picture by Cpl Steve Buckley/RAF.

An airman is flying high after landing a role with a famous display team.

Senior Aircraftman James Robinson, from Whitley Bay, is spending the summer flying with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, as part of their back-seat support crew.

When it was announced I couldn’t believe it, to have the opportunity to fly in the back seat of the Red Arrows Hawk T1 is an amazing experience

Senior Aircraftman James Robinson

James is one of a ten-strong team of engineers known as the ‘Circus Blues’, who has been assigned to a specific aircraft and pilot throughout the 2015 display season.

James, who grew up in Whitley Bay, joined the Team in 2014 and was voted ‘Blue of the Year’ from the 120 strong support team.

He said: “Being selected for 2015 Circus was very surreal. When it was announced I couldn’t believe it, to have the opportunity to fly in the back seat of the Red Arrows Hawk T1 is an amazing experience and something I never thought I would do this early in my RAF career.”

As Circus 2, James has been paired with Red 2, Flight Lieutenant Mike Bowden.

James carried out his basic training at RAF Halton and further training at RAF Cosford before being posted to the Squadron.

He had previously worked as a car mechanic before joining the RAF in February 2013.

James said: “It’s an absolute dream job and I get to work with some of the best pilots and engineers in the RAF.

“I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity and I’m loving every second of it. This is something I will always be proud of.”