It's now over 50 years since the Red Arrows first took to the skies and transfixed the world with their jaw-dropping displays of daredevil precision and aerial aerobatics.
Wing Commander David Montenegro OBE MA RAF is the Officer Commanding of the Red Arrows. He joined the RAF in 1999 and, after tours as a fighter pilot on the Tornado F3 and as a qualified flying instructor on the Hawk T1, he was selected to join the Red Arrows in 2009 where he rose to Synchro Leader over his three year rotation with the team. In 2015, after tours in Afghanistan as a special projects officer within the US Marine Corps and as Flight Commander at the No. 1 Flying Training School, he was once again selected to join the Red Arrows as Red 1, Team Leader in 2015. He is now the Officer Commanding of the Red Arrows - having re-joined the team in 2020.