Sunday 21 August 2011

Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging - Red 4

In Europe but in particular the UK, we are all stunned by the tragic loss of Red 4, Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging and his Red Arrow Hawk at the Bournemouth Air Show yesterday.

We send our condolences and thoughts to Jon Eggings family and particularly his very brave wife Emma who saw his last display along with all those associated with the Red Arrows and those enthusiasts who loved them so much.

 The son of an airline pilot, Flt Lt Egging joined the Royal Air Force in 2000 and flew Harrier jump jets before joining the Red Arrows. During his time on the front line, he flew operational missions in Afghanistan in support of ground forces. So he really is one of the hero's we all admire and of course go to watch perform at airshows.

I have seen the Red Arrows perform maybe 30 or 40 times and they are one of the best (if not the best) in the world. As someone said yesterday, its not until events like this that we realise that displays we have all become accustomed to seeing still carry significant risk to those who deliver them.

He died whilst steering his aircraft away from houses. This selfless act of bravery bringing his faulty aircraft down in a field away from a populated area demonstrates the courage of Fl Lt Egging. He was only 33, he will remain in our memories.

The Red Arrows perform their heart shaped manoeuvre


  1. Float, float small wing
    Fly beyond your imagination.
    The soft cloud, the whitest dove
    the winds of celestial love
    Along the planets and stars.
    Leave our lonely world.
    Escape the misery and pain
    and suspended

    Float, float darling
    Your endless journey has begun
    Take along your gentle happiness
    Far too beautiful for this.
    Cross it over to the other side.
    There is peace forever.

    But keep this bittersweet memories
    Until we meet again.

    Float, float, have no fear
    Do not waste your breath, and no tears
    Your heart is pure, your soul is free
    Go on the road, not waiting for me
    Above the universe will increase
    At the hands of time
    The moon rises, the sun drops
    But I'll never forget

    Float, float, baby grand

    Soar where angels sing
    Drift off it's your time
    Go, find the light ....

    gone but not forgotten

    big fan