A Red Arrow squadron leader, who went to Parmiter’s School, has been featured in a Channel 5 documentary about the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.
Martin Pert, 38, team leader for Red 1, features in The Red Arrows: Kings of the Sky, a six-episode documentary following the Royal Air Force during their centenary year.
The series, which first featured on January 9, gave film crews unprecedented access to what happens in the air, the programme also showcases the work of the team’s ground crews, engineers and support personnel.
The series begins as Martin takes over from squadron leader David Montenegro, who stepped down after three years in charge in 2017.
As team leader, Martin is primarily responsible for all aspects of the display, from running the training programme to choreographing the show. He leads the nine-aircraft aerobatic display.
He started work in the autumn of 2017 – revealing how he designed and developed ambitious, fresh manoeuvres for the high-profile 2018 season – a process that has never before been filmed for television.
Martin is a former Red Arrow pilot who spent three years flying Typhoon fighters for NATO Air policing duties in the Baltic region, UK Quick Reaction Alert, along with numerous exercises as far afield as Las Vegas, the UAE, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Immediately prior to returning to the Reds, Martin served on operational duty in the Middle East.
In the programme he said: “Becoming Red 1 is hugely a privilege moment of my career. I feel it’s a really big ask to be Red 1 in the 100th anniversary of the Air Force.”
The Red Arrows: Kings of the Sky is aired on Channel 5 Wednesdays at 9pm. To watch all episodes, visit www.channel5.com/show/red-arrows-kings-of-the-sky/