Our founding story


On 20th August 2011, Flt Lt Jon Egging lost his life whilst completing a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival. He was coming to the end of his first year with the world-famous Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, flying in the position of Red 4.

Jon was an inspirational individual, and inspiration is at the heart of everything we do. Like Jon, our staff and volunteers are chosen for their ability to act as positive role models; in turn they inspire and enthuse our vulnerable young students to reach their full potential. Our long-term support programmes increase self-confidence, self-esteem and aspiration, and ultimately empower young people to become role models within their own communities.

The Jon Egging Trust realises Jon’s dream of inspiring young people through his love of aviation, STEM, teamwork and leadership, helping them to overcome adversity, identify their strengths and work towards their dreams.




  • July 2022

    JET runs a national competition, JET to Space, to offer places on a four-day camp in Cornwall linked to the UK’s first rocket launch. 25 winning students from areas of low opportunity in Bristol, Bradford, Cornwall and London were supported to build confidence, resilience and aspiration and immerse themselves in all things space.  

  • Nov 2021

    The JET Space Forum takes place in London to bring together key leaders in the sector to help shape a collaborative approach to tackling youth inequality in the UK. The event’s lead sponsor, Northrop Grumman, announce a major new funding boost for JET’s programmes.

  • April 2021

    JET CEO, Dr Emma Egging, embarks on ten epic challenges in 2021 to mark the 10th anniversary of the charity and shine a spotlight on our vital work with young people. Emma’s first challenge will be a 31 mile ultramarathon along the Grantham Canal.

  • Jan 2020

    We have a duty to recognise the impact of lockdown on young people says youth charity, Jon Egging Trust. This follows the recent government announcement of a return to remote learning for schools.

  • June 2019

    Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth, Director of Space UK, becomes JET’s third patron, joining Professor Brian Cox and Sir Stuart Atha in support of the charity. “JET consistently works small miracles with our young people across the length and breadth of the nation,” says AVM Smyth.

  • July 2018

    JET’s eight region launched in Hampshire on 6th July with an inspiration day in partnership with NATS. RAF Odiham will be hosting our Blue Skies Hampshire programme starting in the next academic year.

  • June 2018

    On Friday 15th June, JET’s annual dinner took place beneath the wings of the Lancaster at the RAF museum in London. A fitting setting during the RAF100 year to celebrate the achievements of JET and the young people JET has helped in the past year.

  • September 2017

    Blue Skies launches in the West Midlands – JET’s seventh region – with an inspiration day on 26th September in partnership with RAF Cosford and Charlton School.

  • Feb 2017

    JET’s 2nd annual dinner held at National Space Centre. Hosted by patrons Professor Brian Cox and Air Marshal Stuart Atha. Attended by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier and Red Arrows. Speakers included Blue Skies students.  

  • Dec 2016

    Sponsorship from Lockheed Martin will allow an additional 1000 young people in Norfolk to benefit from JET’s youth engagement programmes in 2017.

  • Nov 2016

    Blue Skies launches in Oxfordshire – JET’s sixth region – with an inspiration day on 9th November in partnership with RAF Brize Norton and Carterton Community College.  

  • Sept 2016

    Five years after Jon’s death, eleven inspirational individuals join JET’s GNR team, including Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of the Air Staff and impressionist and comedian Jon Culshaw.

  • March 2016

    At RAF Marham, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP meets Blue Skies graduate Nathan. Having found his experience with JET life changing Nathan is now an ambassador for JET and has ambitions to become a politician.

  • Jan 2016

    JET’s inaugural annual dinner held in Lincoln to celebrate our work and raise vital funds. Hosted by Patrons Professor Brian Cox OBE and Air Vice Marshall Stuart Atha CB DSO ADC. Guests were entertained by Jon Culshaw.

  • Sept 2015

    Patron Professor Brian Cox OBE joins JET’s team at the Great North Run, along with CEO Dr Emma Egging and six other runners to raise over £11,000.

  • Jul 2015

    The Jon Egging Trust continues to develop its youth programmes in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Dorset, North Wales and Yorkshire. Almost 200 young people are enrolled on Blue Skies programmes this year

  • Apr 2015

    The Jon Egging Trust incorporates to become a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee. Registration Number 1156265.

  • Jun 2014

    The Jon Egging Trust’s Inspirational Outreach programme is launched, reaching out to an additional 1,000 students in Lincolnshire over the year.

  • Mar to Jun 2014

    The Jon Egging Trust’s Blue Skies programme is extended to Yorkshire. Our first Level 3 (work placement) programme is launched in Lincolnshire. 96 students graduate from Blue Skies programmes this year.

  • Oct 13 to Feb 14

    Blue Skies Level 1 launches in North Wales, working with 15 students from Holyhead.

  • Mar to Jun 2013

    The Jon Egging Trust’s Blue Skies programme is extended to Norfolk and Dorset. 43 students graduate from Blue Skies Level 1 (Teamwork) and Level 2 (Leadership) programmes.

  • Mar to Jun 2012

    The Jon Egging Trust pilots its first Level 1 (Teamwork) Blue Skies programme in Lincolnshire, working with 10 students from Priory Witham Academy.

  • Feb 2012

    Jon Egging Trust established by Jon’s wife Dr Emma Egging, his mother Dawn Egging, childhood friend James Godley and Red Arrows pilot and close friend Ben Plank. Registration Number 1148180.

  • 20th August 2011

    Tragic death of Flt Lt Jon Egging, Red 4, at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

JET Team




  • Luke, aged 14

    Luke, aged 14

    19th April 2023

    Confidence is key Luke*, from a rural community, recently completed his third intensive Blue Skies Inspired Package (BSIP) as a Yr9 student, having fi...

  • Josh, aged 22

    Josh, aged 22

    14th December 2022

    ‘JET helped me realise that life throws you lots of curve balls, and that’s OK – you catch the ones that matter.’ – Josh, Blue Skies Gr...

  • Sarah, aged 15

    Sarah, aged 15

    7th November 2022

    Severe anxiety Sarah* joined the Hampshire Blue Skies programme when she was in Year 9 because she had developed severe anxiety and lacked confidence....