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Dawlish News

Flying ace tells of his life as top Red Arrow

Dawlish News
Dawlish News
31 Aug 2008 12:56

The RAF's aerobatic team, The Red Arrows, have thrilled crowds almost weekly this month with their impressive manoeuvres.

The group used Exeter International Airport as a daily base before flying to Salcombe, Dawlish, Fowey, Torbay, Dartmouth and Weston-super-Mare.

The distinctive sound of the nine planes taking off and landing near the city is being heard for the last time this year when they perform at the Dartmouth Royal Regatta today.

Wing Commander Jas Hawker, who flies in Red One, said: "We've displayed in the South West a number of times this year and always have such a fantastic reaction from the crowds.

Jas, 37, went to school in Thornbury, near Bristol, and joined the RAF after time spent in his local Air Training Corps.

He joined up immediately after completing his A-levels.
During his RAF career, Jas has been involved in military exercises all over the world and recent operations in the Middle East.

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