On Friday (20 July) staff are encouraged to look to the skies as the world famous aerial display team, The Red Arrows fly across campus.
Flying 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 as they fly over.
The team will approach from the East around 10:40am. They will come over the Students’ Union and Hazlerigg/Rutland buildings then broadly follow the line of University Road before departing over the west end of campus.
The current Red Arrows team has a unique connection to the University. Two of the current pilots - Flt Lt Simon Taylor and Flt Lt Jon Bond, are alumni.
Flt Lt Taylor is in his third year with the team. He is Red 6 and Synchro Lead. With Red 7, the Synchro pair performs the most thrilling manoeuvres of displays. Simon graduated from the Loughborough Design School in 2002 with a BSC in Ergonomics.
Flt Lt Jon Bon is in his first year with the team. He is Red 2. Jon graduated from 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.
The flypast has been arranged as a special addition to Graduation this year. 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.
At the discretion of line managers and taking operational requirements into consideration, staff are invited to leave their offices to watch the fly past.
The fly past has been arranged by the alumni engagement team in Marketing & Advancement. It is weather dependent and timings may be subject to change.