Bradford man flying high after being selected for the Red Arrows

Flight Lieutenant Thomas Bould who will be joining the Red Arrows next year.

The Red Arrows in action.

The Red Arrows in action.

The Red Arrows in action.

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A BRADFORD man is flying high after being selected to join the Red Arrows next year.

Flight Lieutenant Thomas Bould, 32, will form part of next season's elite nine-strong team for the Royal Air Force's aerobatic team.

He will stay in his role as Red Arrows pilot for three years and was selected following a gruelling process which included flight tests, interviews and other exercises.

The former student at Woodhouse Grove School, Apperley Bridge, was also a member of Manchester and Salford University Air Squadron.

He joined the Royal Air Force in 2005 and has previously had several deployments to the Falkland Islands and exercises in Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.

Flt Lt Bould was the Tucano display pilot in 2010 and was selected to fly the Typhoon multi-role combat aircraft. He was then posted to 1(F) Squadron.

Based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, the squadron uses BAE Systems' Hawk T1 jet and are known for its trademark Diamond Nine formation.

He has been appointed alongside Flight Lieutenants Michael Bowden, 33, and Emmet Cox, 35, who have completed operational tours of Afghanistan and flew missions over Iraq respectively.

Mr Bould spoke of his "immense pride" after being selected for the prestigious squadron and is ready to take on his "demanding and rewarding" new role.

He said: “It was the professionalism of the Red Arrows and the excellence of what they do that stood out to me and inspired me to apply to join.

"I believe the Red Arrows firmly stand for these qualities and I will be immensely proud to be part of the team.

"Aerobatic flying will be very different to frontline missions, but incredibly demanding and rewarding in different aspects."

To apply to join the Red Arrows, Royal Air Force pilots need to have at least 1,500 fast jet flying hours, to have completed a frontline tour and be assessed as above average in their flying role.

Once they have finished their three-year tour with the team, the pilots return to frontline, instructional or staff duties.

The squadron, which first displayed to the public in 1965, has performed more than 4,500 times in 56 countries at events including air shows and fundraising events.

The new recruits will succeed those pilots who are finishing their three-year tour with the Red Arrows at the end of the current season in Malta on September 28.

They are Flight Lieutenant Mike Child, Flight Lieutenant James McMillan and Flight Lieutenant Martin Pert.

This year's display season started on May 31 and will see the Red Arrows performing across the UK, including last month's British Grand Prix, and Europe, including Denmark and Switzerland.

Next year's schedule for the squadron, featuring Flt Lt Bould, is yet to be announced.

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5:14pm Thu 31 Jul 14

yezboss says...

Well done that man!
Well done that man! yezboss
  • Score: 42

10:16pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Wanna Have says...

Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.
Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage. Wanna Have
  • Score: -25

9:17am Fri 1 Aug 14

yezboss says...

Wanna Have wrote:
Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.
Nonsense
[quote][p][bold]Wanna Have[/bold] wrote: Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.[/p][/quote]Nonsense yezboss
  • Score: 10

9:29am Fri 1 Aug 14

flogem says...

Wanna Have wrote:
Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.
What's the unfair advantage?
[quote][p][bold]Wanna Have[/bold] wrote: Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.[/p][/quote]What's the unfair advantage? flogem
  • Score: 7

10:44am Fri 1 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Wanna Have wrote:
Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.
Another working-class warrior talking shyte!

If you even knew people who go to private schools like this, most are just from hard working families who want to give their kids a good start in life.
I doubt any of them were born with a silver spoon in their hand!
[quote][p][bold]Wanna Have[/bold] wrote: Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.[/p][/quote]Another working-class warrior talking shyte! If you even knew people who go to private schools like this, most are just from hard working families who want to give their kids a good start in life. I doubt any of them were born with a silver spoon in their hand! Bone_idle18
  • Score: 7

12:51pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Wanna Have wrote:
Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.
Do you want curry sauce with that chip on your shoulder?
[quote][p][bold]Wanna Have[/bold] wrote: Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.[/p][/quote]Do you want curry sauce with that chip on your shoulder? Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 8

2:43pm Fri 1 Aug 14

MontyLeMar says...

Wanna Have wrote:
Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.
Aye, you're right there. Could have used an alternative headline for this article - "Member of privileged elite finds success in life!" - Now there's a surprise.
[quote][p][bold]Wanna Have[/bold] wrote: Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.[/p][/quote]Aye, you're right there. Could have used an alternative headline for this article - "Member of privileged elite finds success in life!" - Now there's a surprise. MontyLeMar
  • Score: -6

3:46pm Fri 1 Aug 14

MontyLeMar says...

MontyLeMar wrote:
Wanna Have wrote:
Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.
Aye, you're right there. Could have used an alternative headline for this article - "Member of privileged elite finds success in life!" - Now there's a surprise.
But, good luck to him. He took the opportunities presented to him and made a success. I'm sure every taxpayer is happy to finance the hundreds of thousands of pounds needed to train these chaps. Actually, I'm surprised Cameron hasn't had the Red Arrows scrapped along with the thousands of squaddies he saw fit to fire after their stint in Afghanistan ended. Strange priorities this government has.
[quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wanna Have[/bold] wrote: Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.[/p][/quote]Aye, you're right there. Could have used an alternative headline for this article - "Member of privileged elite finds success in life!" - Now there's a surprise.[/p][/quote]But, good luck to him. He took the opportunities presented to him and made a success. I'm sure every taxpayer is happy to finance the hundreds of thousands of pounds needed to train these chaps. Actually, I'm surprised Cameron hasn't had the Red Arrows scrapped along with the thousands of squaddies he saw fit to fire after their stint in Afghanistan ended. Strange priorities this government has. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 1

3:53pm Fri 1 Aug 14

flogem says...

MontyLeMar wrote:
MontyLeMar wrote:
Wanna Have wrote:
Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.
Aye, you're right there. Could have used an alternative headline for this article - "Member of privileged elite finds success in life!" - Now there's a surprise.
But, good luck to him. He took the opportunities presented to him and made a success. I'm sure every taxpayer is happy to finance the hundreds of thousands of pounds needed to train these chaps. Actually, I'm surprised Cameron hasn't had the Red Arrows scrapped along with the thousands of squaddies he saw fit to fire after their stint in Afghanistan ended. Strange priorities this government has.
I am sure you are happy to take your benefits that every taxpayer is happy to finance.
[quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wanna Have[/bold] wrote: Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.[/p][/quote]Aye, you're right there. Could have used an alternative headline for this article - "Member of privileged elite finds success in life!" - Now there's a surprise.[/p][/quote]But, good luck to him. He took the opportunities presented to him and made a success. I'm sure every taxpayer is happy to finance the hundreds of thousands of pounds needed to train these chaps. Actually, I'm surprised Cameron hasn't had the Red Arrows scrapped along with the thousands of squaddies he saw fit to fire after their stint in Afghanistan ended. Strange priorities this government has.[/p][/quote]I am sure you are happy to take your benefits that every taxpayer is happy to finance. flogem
  • Score: 5

9:36pm Fri 1 Aug 14

etemba says...

Not sure why this wasn't mentioned in the article, but there was a doc about the Red Arrows selection on BBC tonight:
http://www.bbc.co.uk
/iplayer/episode/b04
cg6pd/red-arrows-ins
ide-the-bubble

Well done Thomas Bould!
Not sure why this wasn't mentioned in the article, but there was a doc about the Red Arrows selection on BBC tonight: http://www.bbc.co.uk /iplayer/episode/b04 cg6pd/red-arrows-ins ide-the-bubble Well done Thomas Bould! etemba
  • Score: 6

11:06pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Wanna Have says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Wanna Have wrote:
Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.
Another working-class warrior talking shyte!

If you even knew people who go to private schools like this, most are just from hard working families who want to give their kids a good start in life.
I doubt any of them were born with a silver spoon in their hand!
If I even knew anyone who went there,being presumptious there aren't we.you can kick off all you like but this country is held back by dullards who attend places like these being given better opportunities than state school kids.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wanna Have[/bold] wrote: Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.[/p][/quote]Another working-class warrior talking shyte! If you even knew people who go to private schools like this, most are just from hard working families who want to give their kids a good start in life. I doubt any of them were born with a silver spoon in their hand![/p][/quote]If I even knew anyone who went there,being presumptious there aren't we.you can kick off all you like but this country is held back by dullards who attend places like these being given better opportunities than state school kids. Wanna Have
  • Score: -3

11:07pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Wanna Have says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
Wanna Have wrote:
Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.
Do you want curry sauce with that chip on your shoulder?
It's just a fact,you must have the chip.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wanna Have[/bold] wrote: Ex pupil of Woodhouse grove just takes the shine off that as they are afforded an unfair advantage.[/p][/quote]Do you want curry sauce with that chip on your shoulder?[/p][/quote]It's just a fact,you must have the chip. Wanna Have
  • Score: -1

11:31pm Fri 1 Aug 14

imi-r6 says...

If they are from a good school its's privilege, If they are black it must be selling drugs, If they're a woman they laid their way to the top. Plenty of people are driven by their dreams some get there some don't and not all use nefarious means. I love the smell of burning martyrs to the class war in a morning.
If they are from a good school its's privilege, If they are black it must be selling drugs, If they're a woman they laid their way to the top. Plenty of people are driven by their dreams some get there some don't and not all use nefarious means. I love the smell of burning martyrs to the class war in a morning. imi-r6
  • Score: 3

11:33pm Fri 1 Aug 14

imi-r6 says...

imi-r6 wrote:
If they are from a good school its's privilege, If they are black it must be selling drugs, If they're a woman they laid their way to the top. Plenty of people are driven by their dreams some get there some don't and not all use nefarious means. I love the smell of burning martyrs to the class war in a morning.
I will add good luck to you kid and fly it like you stole it.
[quote][p][bold]imi-r6[/bold] wrote: If they are from a good school its's privilege, If they are black it must be selling drugs, If they're a woman they laid their way to the top. Plenty of people are driven by their dreams some get there some don't and not all use nefarious means. I love the smell of burning martyrs to the class war in a morning.[/p][/quote]I will add good luck to you kid and fly it like you stole it. imi-r6
  • Score: 3

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