Squadron Leader Mike Ling will fly in the Red 3 position for the Red Arrows 2018 season while his teammate Fl. Lt David Stark recovers from injuries sustained in the crash at RAF Valley last month.
Flight Lt Stark quit the hospital a few weeks ago after he ejected from his Hawk aircraft at RAF Valley. During that crash Corporal Jonathan Bayliss, who flew at the back seat, lost his life.
Therefore, the RAF authorities decided to call back a former Red Arrows pilot to complete the nine-ship flying formation. And they call back the longest serving Red Arrows pilot - Squadron Leader Mike Ling.
Squadron Leader Mike Ling joined the Red Arrows in 2007 when he began his three years as a display pilot flying in “synchro pair”. After one year away from the Red Arrows, he returned to the team as Red 10. Mike Ling leaves the team in 2017 and again after less than a year he will return to the squadron as a display pilot.