Trust established in memory of Red Arrows pilot from Rutland killed in air crash

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THE widow of a Red Arrows pilot who was killed in a crash has set up a trust in his memory.

Dr Emma Egging, 32, of Morcott, announced she had set up The Jon Egging Trust at the Great North Run, after she ran it in his memory.

The trust will give young people the opportunity to experience the thrill of flying and fulfil their potential through other activities.

Dr Egging, who ran the 13 mile half-marathon in a time of 1 hr, 55 mins, told the BBC ahead of the race: “Running was something Jon and I did together and enjoyed doing.

“It’s something that’s going to help me in the next few months to go on and get the strength to work in Jon’s name and to do everything he would have wanted us to do.”

Dr Egging also watched a Red Arrows flypast at the start of the race, which was performed in the missing man formation.

Flt Lt Egging, 33, died shortly after performing at the Bournemouth Air Festival on Saturday, August 20, when the Hawk T1 Red 4 he was flying crashed.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Dr Egging is also taking her husband’s place in a charity cycle ride.

The 400 in 4 cycle ride will see display pilots from the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight cycling across the UK in just four days.

They will start at St David’s Head in Wales on October 11 and finish in Lowestoft in Suffolk.

They hope to raise £50,000 for charity, which will be split between the RAF Association and Fly2Help, a charity which helps people get involved in aviation.

The ride will be dedicated in Flt Lt Egging’s memory.

A public memorial service is due to be held at Lincoln Cathedral on Monday, October 31, at 2.30pm.

Seats are limited and entry will be by ticket only.

If you would like to attend please send an e-mail to memorial@joneggingtrust.org.uk containing the names of all people wishing to attend, together with your home address, e-mail address and telephone number.

To find out more about the trust visit http://joneggingtrust.moonfruit.com.

The Red Arrows, which has three new pilots every year, has announced the team for 2012. Flying in the Red 4 position will be Flt Lt James McMillan, from RAF Cottesmore.