Mansfield airman Jamie Hatcher to fly high with Red Arrows

A 28-YEAR-OLD Mansfield airman has been selected to fly with the prestigious Red Arrows as part of their back seat support crew.

Jamie Hatcher will become part of a 10-strong team of engineers known as the ‘circus’ for the 2011 summer display season.

“It’s really exciting to be selected to be part of the Red Arrows Circus,” said Jamie, who attended Rainworth’s Joseph Whitaker School. “I’m really looking forward to the display season.”

Jamie, a corporal in the RAF, joined the forces in 2000, working with the Tornado Structures Bay and 3(F) Squadron Typhoon at RAF Coningsby, where he took part in detachments across Europe.

Jamie will find himself flying high at speeds in excess of 350mph as a passenger in the two-seat Hawk aircraft, which will be displayed at more than 90 venues throughout the UK and Europe this summer.

This year will be the Red Arrows’ 47th display season, and since 1965 when the team was created, the team has graced 53 countries and flown 4,200 displays.

Jamie will spend his summer flying alongside Flight Lt David Montenegro in their assigned aircraft, which he will service prior to demonstrations.

Jamie lives with his wife Sarah and is a keen supporter of Nottingham Forest Football Club.