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RAF investigates ‘drunk’ Red Arrow as airman ‘sent back from Greece after inappropriate behaviour’

‘Drunk’ Red Arrow in RAF probe as airman ‘sent back from Greece after inappropriate behaviour’

  • The famous display team is currently in Greece for a four-week training camp
  • Sources claim that a “huge undercover investigation” of the team is underway
  • Allegations of alcohol consumption and “alleged 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 for alcohol allegations, as it turned out.

Sources claim a pilot has been sent home from Greece, where the famous aerobatic team trains.

A source claimed: “There’s a huge undercover investigation going on. It has to do with alcohol and suspected inappropriate behavior. The head of the RAF is personally involved in the Red Arrows investigation.’

The exhibition team is the pride of the Royal Air Force – and the public face of the service.

The industry’s best pilots pull off death-defying stunts, zooming over crowds while creating perfect plumes of red, white, and blue smoke.

They take part in major British events, performing at air shows, festivals and the most prestigious royal celebrations.

The Red Arrows, who fly here via London, are currently training in Greece ahead of their summer season

The Red Arrows, who fly here via London, are currently training in Greece ahead of their summer season

After being grounded by Covid, they are gearing up 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 approximately four weeks in Greece to perfect and refine the 2022 display.”

Ahead of the trip, a pilot gave an interview to BBC radio, telling listeners the team would be relying on Greece’s clear blue skies to perfect their training.

He said they would be spending four weeks there, flying three times a day, five days a week and returning to the UK “towards the end of May”.

Sources claim a pilot from the group, who flies here in North Yorkshire, has been sent home from Greece

Sources claim a pilot from the group, who flies here in North Yorkshire, has been sent home from Greece

The exhibition team is the pride of the Royal Air Force - and the public face of the service

The exhibition team is the pride of the Royal Air Force – and the public face of the service

The industry's best pilots pull off death-defying stunts, zooming over crowds while creating perfect plumes of red, white, and blue smoke

The industry’s best pilots pull off death-defying stunts, zooming over crowds while creating perfect plumes of red, white, and blue smoke

The team, based at Greece’s Tanagra Air Force Base north of Athens, has posted photos on social media.

Before Greece, they trained in Croatia.

But less than halfway through the Greek leg of Exercise Springhawk, sources claimed a drinking problem had been reported to top leadership in Whitehall.

The details were kept in a tight circle.

They take part in major British events, performing at air shows, festivals and the most prestigious royal celebrations

They take part in major British events, performing at air shows, festivals and the most prestigious royal celebrations

After being grounded by Covid, they are gearing up for a full season this summer with a series of training sessions called Exercise Springhawk

After being grounded by Covid, they are gearing up for a full season this summer with a series of training sessions called Exercise Springhawk

A pilot was reportedly sent back to the UK on Wednesday.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, chief of the RAF, told a source he was involved in investigating the allegations, but RAF insiders downplayed this last night, saying he was “kept up to date” on many matters without being direct to be involved you.

They said they “don’t acknowledge” the allegations of drinking.

An RAF spokesman said: “One member of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Team – the Red Arrows – has been temporarily withdrawn and has returned to the UK for personal reasons. It would not be appropriate to make any further comments at this time.

‘The Red Arrows continue their preseason display training and preparations for events such as the Platinum Jubilee program.’

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