RAF probed Red Arrows pair 'affair'

RAF probed Red Arrows pair 'affair'

Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Stewart, who became the first female pilot to join the Red Arrows, is to wed, according to reports (Royal Air/PA)

The RAF investigated reports of an affair between two members of the Red Arrows display team in 2011

First published in National News © by

Rumours of an alleged affair between two members of the Red Arrows were investigated by RAF bosses, a source has said.

Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Stewart, the first woman pilot in the aerobatic display team, and then- Squadron Leader Ben Murphy were interviewed to see if any rules had been broken when claims of a relationship between them emerged.

A source for the RAF said no action was taken following the 2011 inquiry.

"The two individuals were interviewed by their command chain and asked whether they were having an affair," he said.

"At that point, and the interviews given, it led to there being no action taken."

Asked if the RAF had a view on a report by The Sun newspaper that Flt Lt Stewart and Sqn Ldr Murphy were now engaged to be married, he said that the RAF does not discuss personal matters about any personnel.

He added: "They've all got their personal life and they're entitled to it."

Both fliers have now left the elite Red Arrows team.

Iraq veteran Flt Lt Stewart, 36, joined the display team for the 2010 season, having seen off competition from up to 40 other pilots.

She is now a Squadron Leader, having moved to a ground-based role following the tragic deaths of her Red Arrows team-mates Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging in August 2011 and Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham just three months later.

Mr Murphy, 38, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, completed his term as team leader in 2011 and is now working for defence firm Lockheed Martin.


Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree