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16 Jul 2018

Red Arrows to turn Loughborough skies red, white and blue for graduation

On Friday 20 July at around 10:40am, the Red Arrows will perform a flypast over the Loughborough University campus as a special addition to this year’s graduation ceremonies.

In the Red Arrows are two university alumni, Flt Lt Jon Bond, who is Red 2 and Flt Lt Simon Taylor, Red 6. On Friday, we look forward to seeing them take to the skies of Loughborough, where they once experienced their own graduations.

Jon Bond is one of the team’s newest recruits. He joined the team in 2017, making his first flight in 2018 following rigorous training and a long selection process. Jon graduated from the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering with a BSc in Air Transport Management in 2005. He went on to complete an MSc in Transport Policy and Business Management the following year.

In his third year on the world-famous display team is Simon Taylor, who is this year’s Synchro Lead in the Red 6 position. Alongside Red 7, the Synchro pair performs the most awe-inspiring manoeuvres during displays, including the impressive “circus” move. Simon graduated from the Loughborough Design School in 2002 with a BSC in Ergonomics.

As they fly over campus in the iconic Diamond Nine formation in their distinctive red Hawk aircraft, The Reds are expected to deploy the famous red, white and blue vapour. 

The team will approach from the East and broadly follow the line of University Road before departing over the west end of campus. The graduation ceremony for the School of Science will be taking place at the time of the fly past and special efforts are being made to live stream into the ceremony so that graduands and their families can also enjoy the spectacle on the day.

The flypast is weather dependent and timings may be subject to change. Follow the action on the Loughborough University Alumni Association social media channels on Friday. 

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