On the 11th June, the Red Arrows flying display is coming to Rye. They will fly to Rye for their display following the Queen's birthday celebration fly-past. There is a great programme of events on the run up to the air display:
The Fair from 10am
TV Gladiator "Cobra" at 11.00am
Military and 40's vehicles display from 10am
The Lindy Hoppers at Strand Quay performing and teaching the dances 1pm and 2pm
Red Arrows Simulator and Merchandise from 10am
Military Vehicle procession led by Pipes and Drums 3pm
Spitfire display at 3pm
Help for Heroes Collection
Stunning musical contribution by Students from Rye College
Captain Mainwaring (Dad's Army) look-a-like available for photos
The Red Arrows Display and commentary from Red 10 at 4pm.
Extra parking will be available at Salts Farm and the Rye Rugby Club.
Flight Lieutenant Charlie Brown BSc (RAF)
Flt Lt Charlie Brown is the display and test pilot for Historic Aircraft Collection and Qualified Flying Instructor at the Central Flying School Tutor Squadron, RAF Cranwell.
Aged 49, Charlie joined the RAF in 1981 direct from University, having been a member of London University Air Squadron. Having completed Fast Jet training Charlie was posted to 17(F) Squadron at RAF Bruggen flying Tornado GR1s. After a 3 year tour Charlie was posted to the RAF Central Flying School to become a flying instructor. Since then Charlie has instructed on Jet Provosts, Chipmunks, Tucanos, Bulldogs, Fireflies and the Tutor. Charlie is currently a member of Central Flying School Examining Wing and has achieved the award of a coveted A1 QFI Category.
Having always had a passion for historic aircraft, Charlie was very fortunate to have the opportunity to first fly a Spitfire in 1991. Since then he has flown 13 different Spitfires, perhaps most notably being responsible for some or all of the initial post-restoration flight-testing of 9 of them. This represents one sixth of the current world airworthy population of 51 Spitfires. As a qualified civilian Flying Instructor Charlie has been responsible for training 13 civilian pilots to fly Spitfires and since November 2007 he has been the Chief Flying Instructor at the RAFC Cranwell Flying Club.
Other warbirds Charlie has flown include Messerschmitt Bf 109 E, G (Black 6), Buchon, P51 Mustang, P40 Kittyhawk, P63 Kingcobra, Hurricane, Hawker Nimrod, Fieseler Storch and latterly the Yak 3 to 9 series of Russian WW2 fighters.