Female Red Arrows Pilot To Stop Flying

Britain's first female Red Arrows pilot is to move to a ground role after two of her flying colleagues were killed in separate tragedies.

Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Stewart, 33, is to be reassigned after the "tragic events" of 2011 had an "adverse effect" on her, a defence source said.

In August, Flt Lt Jon Egging, 33, from Rutland, died in an air show crash near Bournemouth Airport in Dorset. 

Three months later, Flt Lt Sean Cunningham, 35, was killed after being ejected from his Hawk T1 while on the ground at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

Flt Lt Stewart, who flew as Red 9, will not fly for a period yet to be agreed by RAF bosses - but it could be up to six months, the Sun reported.