The Red Arrows, the world-famous aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force, are to publish their official history with Century, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in a deal brokered by IMG. The book will be published in hardback, audio and e-book on 29 April 2021.
THE RED ARROWS: THE STORY OF BRITAIN’S ICONIC DISPLAY TEAM is written by head of the Red Arrows, Wing Commander David Montenegro, himself a former Red 1 and Red Arrows team leader. Full of never-before-shared tales from Red Arrows pilots, past and present, this thrilling history celebrates the courage, daring and incredible skill of the Red Arrows and its pilots over the last 50 years. The book will also provide an insight on how the team represents the RAF and the United Kingdom around the world, its important role and work.
David Montenegro, Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, said:
“Ever since our first dynamic display, the Red Arrows have aimed to inspire and enthral through precision and teamwork – showcasing the excellence of the Royal Air Force, worldwide.
“Much of this activity, and the strength and success of the team, is achieved through the tireless application, innovation and dedication of our highly-trained personnel – individuals who have served operationally, helping the RAF to secure the skies and protect our nation.
“I hope readers, who may have seen one of our nearly 5,000 displays since 1965, or perhaps just have an interest in high-performing teams, will gain a new, unique and colourful perspective on the Red Arrows.
“However, above all, I want to bring all of the excitement, speed and vibrancy synonymous with a world-class Red Arrows show to even more people through a book illustrating the very best of British.”
Jess Ballance, Editor at Century, Penguin Random House said: “We couldn’t be more proud and excited to be publishing The Red Arrows. It grants readers a fascinating pilot’s-eye perspective of what it means to fly in those iconic aircraft. This book is a true celebration of the Red Arrows, one of Britain’s national treasures, and their fascinating history, featuring personal stories from the people behind the planes and exploring the skills and incredible mindset of the world-class Red Arrows pilots.”
Editor Jess Ballance commissioned world rights to the project from IMG, the Ministry of Defence’s exclusive licensing representative.