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Technician lives the high life with Red Arrows
A Crewe man will spend next summer flying with the world-famous Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows.
Senior aircraftman technician, Richard Burley, has been selected as part of their back-seat support crew.
The 29-year-old will be one of a ten-strong team of engineers known as ‘Circus’, and has been assigned to a specific aircraft and pilot throughout the 2013 display season.
Richard will travel as a passenger in one of the Red Arrows’ two-seat Hawk aircraft in transit flights to over 70 display venues throughout the UK and Europe - flying at speeds of more than 350mph.
Once his aircraft arrives at the display’s operating base, Richard will be responsible for servicing the aircraft before it can fly again.
As Circus 9 Richard has been paired with Red 9, Flight Lieutenant Mike Child.
He said: “I was over the moon after being given the great opportunity and privilege of showcasing the best of the RAF all over the UK and the world.
“I am hugely looking forward to seeing all my friends and family at various air shows over the UK, and being a small part of the face of the RAF.”
Richard has previously worked on the Harrier aircraft and served in Norway, Canada, the USA, the Czech Republic and aboard numerous aircraft carriers.