very proud Ben and Ros Davies from Ross-on-Wye watched
as the Red Arrows made a special detour to overfly their
house, 'Dupont' in Camp Road on Wednesday, 20th July.
Their son, Squadron Leader Simon Davies was in 'Red 1',
the front aircraft as the team overflew the house twice
at 300 miles per hour and an altitude of 500 feet.
Red Arrows were actually heading for a training exercise
in Wales but detoured to overfly Ross both on the way
there and on the way home. The first flypast of nine aircraft
took place precisely on time, at 11:37 am and the second,
which included ten aircraft took place at around 5:30
pm. The Red Arrows team had intended to perform a split
manoeuvre during the first flypast but unfortunately,
low cloud cover prevented this and they performed a straight
flypast, with white smoke on approach to the town.
Leader Simon (37) is in his first year as Senior Engineering
Officer with the Red Arrows and has responsibility for
all engineering and logistics matters. Born in Leicester,
Simon was educated at Newent School. He joined the Royal
Air Force in 1990, after completing Electrician Apprentice
training with Severn Trent.
below, The Davies family chose to watch from the grounds
of the Chase Hotel, where the field of view is greater
than that from Camp Road itself. Left to right: Cicely
Hall and Alice (Tiny) Davies - Simon's Aunties and Mum
and Dad, Ben and Ros Davies. The aircraft shots are from
both the morning and evening flypast.
photos of the Red Arrows Camp Road Flypasts can be seen
in this week's photo