A Red Arrows pilot has been sacked after an alleged affair and another has resigned over the team’s ‘toxic culture’. The display team is the pride of the Royal Air Force – and the public face of the service. The best pilots in the business perform death-defying stunts, zooming over crowds producing perfect plumes of red, white and blue smoke. They attend key British events, performing at air shows, festivals and the most prestigious royal celebrations. However, according to The Sun, Red 3 Squadron Leader Nick Critchell confronted Red 1 Team Leader Tom Bould, 41, in April. Critchell, 36, reputedly resigned over a ‘toxic culture’ at training in Croatia and Greece, but the RAF said he left ‘for personal reasons to embark on a different career opportunity’. The Red Arrows performing at the Blackpool airshow as seen from the top of the Blackpool Tower
Red 3 Squadron Leader Nick Critchell (left) reportedly confronted Red 1 Team Leader Tom Bould (right), 41, in April Flight Lieutenant Will Cambridge was then suspended after allegedly having an affair with a female colleague. Red 2 Flight Lieutenant Damo Green left for personal reasons in January. An RAF spokesman said that ‘the moves’ were ‘a result of both personal and professional reasons’ and they would ‘take action wherever wrongdoing is proven’.