Red Arrow members investigated over allegations of misogyny, bullying and sexual harassment
A number of personnel with the Red Arrows are the subject of an investigation into inappropriate behaviour
Members of the Red Arrows are being investigated over allegations of “unacceptable behaviour” such as misogyny, bullying and sexual harassment.
More than 40 personnel, including young female recruits, have provided 250 hours of evidence to an inquiry which began earlier this year, describing the aerobatic display team as “toxic”.
A source in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed a number of personnel with the Red Arrows are the subject of an investigation into inappropriate behaviour but none has met the threshold for criminal charges.
Alleged victims were told that if they spoke up they would be sent home or kicked out of the RAF, according to a report in the Times.
The report added that senior leaders “swept complaints under the carpet” for years to protect the reputations of people considered “untouchable”.
Members of the Red Arrows, based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, have also been accused of drunkenness, but an RAF spokeswoman said the allegations were “unfounded”.
An MoD source said the inquiry’s final report is with RAF leaders for their consideration.
It is understood that none of the pilots currently on the team are accused of wrongdoing.
An RAF spokeswoman said: “The RAF has a zero-tolerance approach to unacceptable behaviour and takes action wherever wrongdoing is proven.
“Following allegations of unacceptable behaviour within the Red Arrows, the RAF commissioned a thorough and far-reaching investigation.
“We will not be commenting further on the individual circumstances of specific personnel moves, which have been made without prejudice and are the result of both personal and professional reasons.
“The allegations of Red Arrows pilots flying while intoxicated are unfounded.
“All RAF pilots, in the Red Arrows or otherwise, are subject to strict regulations on alcohol consumption before conducting any flying.
“Safety remains paramount and any pilot found to have breached those regulations would simply not be permitted to fly, and would face disciplinary action.”