RAF probe ‘drunken’ Red Arrow as airman ‘sent back from Greece following inappropriate behaviour’
Red Arrow ‘drunk’ at RAF investigation as airman is ‘returned from Greece following inappropriate behaviour’
- The famous exhibition team is currently in Greece for a four-week training camp.
- Sources claim there is a “huge investigation under the table” in the team
- Allegations of alcohol consumption and ‘suspected inappropriate behavior’ in the group
- It is claimed that one pilot has already been sent home as a result of what happened.
The RAF is investigating the Red Arrows over allegations of alcohol use, it has emerged.
Sources say a pilot has been sent home from Greece, where the famous aerobatic display team trains.
A source claimed: ‘There is a huge under-the-table investigation going on. It has to do with alcohol and suspected inappropriate behavior. The RAF chief is personally involved in the Red Arrows investigation.
The display team is the pride of the Royal Air Force and the public face of the service.
The best pilots in the business pull off death-defying stunts, zooming into crowds and producing perfect plumes of red, white and blue smoke.
They attend key British events, performing at air shows, festivals and the most prestigious royal celebrations.
The Red Arrows, shown here flying over London, are currently training in Greece ahead of their summer display season.
After being grounded by Covid, they are preparing for a full season this summer with a series of training sessions called Exercise Springhawk.
On April 30, they announced on their Twitter page: “The team will spend about four weeks in Greece perfecting and polishing the 2022 screen.”
Before the trip, a pilot gave an interview to BBC radio, telling listeners that the team was relying on clear, blue skies over Greece to hone their training.
He said they would spend four weeks there, flying three times a day, five days a week, and return to the UK “around the end of May”.
The team, based at the Tanagra Hellenic Air Force base, just north of Athens, has posted photos on social media.
Before Greece, they trained in Croatia.
However, less than halfway through the Greek leg of exercise Springhawk, sources claimed that Whitehall’s higher-ups had been made aware of a drinking problem.
Details have been kept in a tight circle.
Sources claim that a pilot from the group, shown here flying in North Yorkshire, has been sent home from Greece.
A pilot was supposedly sent back to the UK on Wednesday.
A source said Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, head of the RAF, was involved in the investigation into the allegations, but RAF experts played this down last night, saying he was “kept informed” on many matters. without being directly involved in them.
They said they ‘didn’t acknowledge’ the claims of alcohol use.
The RAF was contacted for comment on Thursday but had not yet responded by last night.