19th Nov, 2017

Red Arrows old boy flys in for Remembrance service at Solihull School

Ian Hughes 10th Nov, 2017 Updated: 10th Nov, 2017

A HIGH-FLYING old boy returned to Solihull School today to take part in the school’s annual Remembrance Day commemorations.

Squadron Leader Adam Collins, who has just been appointed a member of the world famous Red Arrows RAF aerobatic display team, laid a wreath at the school’s war memorial after a minute’s silence had been observed by pupils and staff.

Headmaster David Lloyd was among others to lay wreaths before a Service of Remembrance in the school chapel.

Adam, who served in CCF, learned to fly while he was a student at Solihull School, and was awarded an RAF sixth form scholarship.

On leaving in 1996, he went on to study aeronautics and astronautics at Southampton University before flying Tornados for the RAF.

The now 39-year-old also flew F1-11s while on a three-year exchange programme with the Royal Australian Air Force. Next year, the RAF’s centenary year, will be his first with the Red Arrow.

He will pilot Red 10, and will also serve as squadron’s supervisor – the first change in the position since 2011.

 

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