David Montenegro, known as Monty, grew up in South London and was educated at Alleyn’s School, Dulwich. Representing the school in as many sports as he could, Monty also joined the Combined Cadet Force, which offered him a glimmer of what life in the HM Forces could offer – his main ambition was finding any avenues and opportunities that could lead him into a career in aviation.
After studying Politics and Theology at the University of Manchester, Monty joined the RAF in 1999. During his career he’s been fortunate enough to serve as a fighter pilot, qualified flying instructor and display pilot. Operationally, his primary role in Air Defence and Quick Reaction Alert has seen him secure the skies over the UK and Falkland Islands. As a liaison officer with the United States Marine Corps, Monty has also served in Afghanistan, working with coalition partners and the Afghanistan National Defence Force. As a flying instructor, he has taught at the basic and advanced fast jet flying schools, developing the skills of RAF and Royal Navy trainee pilots – it was during this time that he first worked with Jon, flying Hawk aircraft together at RAF Valley.
In the display arena, Monty has served two tours with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows. In his second stint with the Team, Monty was selected as Red 1, leading the Team for three-years, representing the RAF and Great Britain by displaying in 23 countries around the world. He was the first Team Leader to stage the Red Arrows across Europe, the Middle East and Asia for a series of displays in China.
After a tour in the Typhoon Force Headquarters, Monty was selected to represent the RAF at the Australian War College, Canberra, spending a year studying for an MA in Defence and Strategic Studies. He has now returned to the UK with his family and is presently the Officer Commanding the Red Arrows. David and Angie have two boys aged 8 and 6 and live in Lincoln.
Becoming a Trustee for the Jon Egging Trust is a tremendous honour – having the privilege to be a flying instructor with Jon and spend a season as team pilots together on the Red Arrows, Jon’s incredible legacy is very close to my heart. Many years ago, he spoke to me about his burgeoning ideas to establish ever more creative and meaningful ways to help young people. JET is the wonderful realisation of his intent. Emma and her team have created a phenomenal organisation in the previous 10 years and I am very excited to be a part of the JET journey during the next decade and beyond.