Red 4 - Flight Lieutenant JonEgging, aged 33 from Rutland, flew the Harrier GR9 before joining the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team in 2010. He became interested in flying at an early age, inspired by his airline pilot father who used to take him 'down route', allowing him into the cockpit for take off and landing.Whilst at Southampton University, Flight Lieutenant Egging completed Elementary Flying Training with the University Air Squadron, he went on to join the Royal Air Force in 2000. Selected for fast jet training, he flew the Tucano and Hawk before becoming a 'Creamie' Qualified Flying Instructor on the Hawk at Royal Air Force Valley, teaching both students and instructors. He later served with IV (AC) Squadron - 'Happy IV', based at Royal Air Force Cottesmore, flying the Harrier GR9. Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging was proud to support coalition ground forces when flying operational missions in Afghanistan. Flt Lt Egging has also taken part in exercises in the United Kingdom and America. As part of Joint Force Harrier, he served with IV (AC) Squadron on HMS Illustrious, flying training missions off the UK coastline. He became the Squadron Qualified Flying Instructor during his last year on 'Happy IV', making the transition to teach on the Harrier Operational Conversion Unit, based at Royal Air Force Wittering, in April 2010."Whether in his capacity as a husband, son, brother, as a teammate, flying instructor, whether on operations in Afghanistan or as Red Four, Jon wanted to be there for others and to support and serve them and the RAF to the best of his ability." - Emma Egging
Red 5 - Flight Lieutenant SeanCunningham, aged 35, was bornand raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to the UK in 1986 at the age of nine. Although a profession in football was a possibility, he followed his dream to become a fast jet pilot in the Royal Air Force. Flt Lt Cunningham attended Ernesford Grange School in Coventry, during which time he qualified for his Private Pilot Licence at the age of 17. He went on to read Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nottingham Trent University, and completed his Elementary Flying Training as a member of East Midlands Universities Air Squadron. Joining the Royal Air Force in 2000, Flt Lt Cunningham was selected for Fast Jet Training. On completion of his flying training, he was posted to the Tornado GR4 aircraft of 617 'The Dambusters' Squadron at Royal Air Force Lossiemouth. During his three years on the Squadron, Flt Lt Cunningham completed several operational tours of Iraq as part of Operation TELIC, flying close air support missions for coalition ground forces.After completing exercises in America, Canada, Romania and France, Flt Lt Cunningham joined XV (R) Squadron as a Qualified Pilot and Tactics Instructor. He continued his instructional role when posted to the Weapon Systems Officer Training Unit at 100 Squadron, RAF Leeming, before being selected to fly for the RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, in 2010."Sean loved his flying and we hope that his life will be an inspiration to all those who share his dreams." - Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham's family
Introducing two very special, one of a kind inspirational prints that would make a wonderful addition to anyone’s art collection. These pieces of art not only capture the wonder and excitement of the Red Arrows aerobatic display but also serve as a reminder of the skills, passion and bravery of the pilots who fly them and those who have ultimately given their lives doing the job they loved most. All proceeds from each Jon Egging commemorative print will be donated to the Jon Egging Trust, a charity set up by Jon’s wife Emma. All proceeds made from the Sean Cunningham commemorative print will be donated to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. If you do not wish to buy a print at this time but would like to make a donation to either of these worthy charities, please click on the charity banners in the right hand margin for further information.
Red Arrows Special
The Jon Egging Trust creates partnerships and develops opportunities for young people who are under-achieving in the formal education system. It will link them with inspirational people and environments connected to aviation.
The RAF Benevolent Fund is the Royal Air Force’s leading welfare charity, providing financial, practical and emotional support to all members of the RAF family.