Red Arrows drama as pilot sacked over ‘affair’ & 2nd resigns over toxic culture

THE Red Arrows are in freefall after a pilot was sacked over an alleged affair and a second resigned in disgust at the team’s toxic culture.

Members of the RAF Aerobatic Team are said to “hate each other” in the unit’s worst morale crisis since it was formed in 1964.

Team leader Tom Bould was confronted by Sqn Ldr Nick Critchell over a 'toxic culture' at training in Croatia and Greece

Team leader Tom Bould was confronted by Sqn Ldr Nick Critchell over a ‘toxic cultureat training in Croatia and Greece
Sqn Ldr Nick Critchell is said to have resigned in disgust

Sqn Ldr Nick Critchell is said to have resigned in disgust
Days later Flt Lt Will Cambridge was suspended after a fellow flier complained about an alleged affair with a female colleague

Days later Flt Lt Will Cambridge was suspended after a fellow flier complained about an alleged affair with a female colleague
Flight Lieutenant Damon ‘Damo’ Green left in January after citing personal reasons

Flight Lieutenant Damon ‘Damo’ Green left in January after citing personal reasons

It also follows the shock departure of a third ace for family reasons in January.

A lack of trained pilots meant commanders had to axe some of its well-known formations, come il Diamond Nine, days before their first airshow.

The skeleton team of seven still managed to wow crowds.

Emergency reserves were drafted in for the Regina'S Platinum Jubilee flypast in June.

But it was too late to train pilots for stunts at more than 60 shows across Britain, Danimarca, Francia and Bahrain.

A former pilot told The Sun: “This is a disaster for the RAF. The Red Arrows are their public face and the public love them but they have no idea what is going on behind the scenes.

“That’s why the RAF have tried so hard to keep a lid on this. There is something really rotten in this team. It should be the highlight of pilots’ careers to fly for the Red Arrows but they have lost three this year. The hierarchy has to ask itself why?

“There are good people there who are trying to fix it but it is an unhappy place.”

The Arrows normally consist of nine pilots, Rosso 1 to Red 9, their supervisor Red 10, a commanding officer and ground crew.

Rosso 8, Flt Lt Damon “Damo” Green, left for personal reasons in January and was replaced by Sqn Ldr Jon Bond.

In Aprile, Rosso 5, Sqn Ldr Nick Critchell, 36, confronted Red 1, Tom Bould, 41, over a “toxic culture” at training in Croazia e Grecia.

Critchell is said to have resigned in disgust. The RAF said he left “for personal reasons to embark on a different career opportunity”.

Giorni dopo, Flt Lt Will Cambridge was suspended after a fellow flier complained about an alleged affair with a female colleague.

Chiefs launched an investigation into alleged unacceptable behaviour over claims his conduct with a junior trainee pilot broke rules.

A maggio, the Red Arrows announced only that two pilots had moved to other roles.

Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston is reportedly furious at claims of foul play.

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An RAF spokesman said: “The moves were made without prejudice and are a result of both personal and professional reasons.

“We will, tuttavia, take action wherever wrongdoing is proven.”

The RAF Aerobatic Team are facing allegations of 'toxic culture'

The RAF Aerobatic Team are facing allegations of ‘toxic cultureCredito: PAPÀ
A pilot resigned in 'disgust' and a second one was sacked for an alleged affair

A pilot resigned in ‘disgustand a second one was sacked for an alleged affairCredito: Bav Media
Some of The Red Arrows' iconic formations were axed, such as the Diamond Nine days

Some of The Red Arrowsiconic formations were axed, such as the Diamond Nine daysCredito: Getty