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Red Arrows pilot to present awards to Lincoln students

Flt. Lt. Jon Egging, in whose memory the Blue Skies charity was set up Credit: Ministry of Defence

Students from Priory Witham Academy in Lincoln will be presented with awards today to recognise their completion of the Blue Skies Programme by Red Arrows pilot, Flight Lieutenant Steve Morris.

The charity was set up in memory of Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging who lost his life in August 2011 whilst completing a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

The charity realises his dream of helping young people overcome adversity, identify their strengths and work towards their ambitions.

Twenty five students aged 13 to 15 from the Academy have been mentored through the nine session programme by inspirational individuals from RAF Coningsby, RAF Cranwell, RAF Scampton, RAF Wittering, RAF Waddington and MoD North Luffenham.

With the help of trained personnel from across the base, these level 1 and level 2 students have been guided through problem solving, teamwork and communication tasks, which will provide the Level 1 students with credits towards a qualification in BTEC Workskills.

York pilot stars in solo air display

A pilot from York is starring in a one man air show commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Flight Lieutenant Dave Kirby (l) with Flight Lieutenant Jon Trueman

Dave Kirby, who lives in Poppleton with his family, recently qualified to perform displays in public.

The RAF Tucano T1 is scheduled to carry out over 60 displays at 40 different venues in the UK and overseas this summer.

New design for Tucano display aircraft

The display Tucano has received a special livery to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. The scheme features a ‘cloud’ of poppies around the nose and the words ‘Lest we Forget’. The words and a single large poppy are emblazoned on the underside.

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RAF pay strikes

Unite workers at three Lincolnshire RAF bases are preparing for two twenty-four hour strikes. They're unhappy that they've only been offered a one per cent pay rise despite their employers, Serco, making a profit and awarding a multi-million pound bonus to its chief executive officer.

The strikes will take place at RAF Cranwell, Scampton and Digby this Friday and Tuesday next week. Steve Syson is from the Unite union.

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Anti-drones protest set to be staged at RAF base

Anti-war protesters are set to gather outside an RAF base today to voice their opposition to the UK's use of armed drones in Afghanistan.

Members of the Stop The War Coalition, CND, The Drone Campaign Network and War on Want will march from Lincoln to nearby RAF Waddington.

An RAF MQ-9 Reaper Credit: MOD

The RAF began remotely operating its Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles deployed to Afghanistan from the Lincolnshire airbase earlier this week.

In a statement, the RAF said it had started supporting the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan ground troops with "armed intelligence and surveillance missions" remotely piloted from RAF Waddington.

The aircraft were previously operated from a United States Air Force base in Nevada.

Pictures: Proposals for RAF memorial in Lincolnshire

The first in a series of public exhibitions is being held today to help select the design of a historic memorial to commemorate RAF Bomber Command crew stationed in Lincolnshire during World War II.

A fund has been set up to help pay for a memorial in recognition of the Command's aircrew who sacrificed their lives. In total, over 25,000 men lost their lives flying from Lincolnshire for the Bomber Command.

Spire of Names - Proposal by Walter Jack
Searchlights - Proposal by Place Architecture
Lens - Proposal by Field Clegg and Bradley.
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