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Red Arrows partner with YouTubers for the first time

London, United Kingdom - March 14, 2018 - On March 14th (4pm GMT), educator, presenter and influencer Tom Scott will launch a video on formation flying with the Red Arrows in partnership with the Royal Air Force and Rolls-Royce.

This is the first time that the Red Arrows has incorporated a YouTube influencer into an existing planned training sortie. Tom Scott has over 1 million subscribers to his YouTube channel and over 200 million lifetime views. His video is an explanation of “How Formation Flying Works”. It includes footage from his flight and an in-depth interview with Red 1, Squadron Leader Martin Pert. Tom flew with Red 9, Mike Bowden.

This video is the first of several collaborations between Tom Scott and the STARRSHIP project - a joint social media venture between Rolls-Royce and the Royal Air Force as part of the Royal Air Force’s Centenary celebrations. STARRSHIP is a social media campaign and website with the aim of inspiring 13 to 25 year olds to enter STEM careers.

Anyone (of any age) who is interested can keep up to date at:
or on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at STARRSHIP.

Tom Scott said: “It was an absolute joy and an honour to fly with the Red Arrows. Hopefully I managed to hold my composure well enough that the audience online can still hear what I'm saying - trying to keep talking to a camera while in a 3G turn with Lincoln in the distance was a challenge!”

Squadron Leader Pert said: “One of the key aims of the Red Arrows is to inspire the next generation and this will be an even bigger focus across 2018 – the Royal Air Force’s centenary year.

“Being able to share what we do at the Red Arrows with Tom Scott was a positive opportunity to showcase what teamwork and dedication – both in the air and on the ground – can achieve and present that to new, online audiences.

“Tom is followed online by a huge number of individuals, many of them young people, and I hope the dynamic footage and filming they gained will create ever greater interest in the Royal Air Force, the Red Arrows and also careers linked to science, technology, engineering and maths.”

The Red Arrows help to showcase the excellence of the Royal Air Force and represent the United Kingdom at home and overseas.

The team, comprising 11 pilots and more than 100 support staff, fly Hawk fast-jets powered by Rolls-Royce engines and is based at RAF Scampton near Lincoln.

Dave Gordon, Senior Vice President & Director UK, Defence Aerospace, Rolls-Royce said: “The STARRSHIP project is all about engaging with the engineers of the future. We’re thrilled to work with Tom Scott to build a connection with the next generation, by communicating with them through online content creators that they already watch.”

Rolls Royce is sponsoring and developing the project alongside its partners in the RAF and RAF Association charity, which will receive all profits from the project. The project is promoted by social media marketing agency Digital Voices.

Anyone (of any age) who is interested can keep up to date at:
or on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at STARRSHIP.

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