When Ben Murphy joined the Master Class in 2018, he was Great Britain’s fresh new hope in the Red Bull Air Race. But nobody dreamed how quickly he would add to the country’s renowned Air Racing legacy. The decorated former Team Leader of the RAF aerobatic team “The Red Arrows” finished a stunning sixth at the season opener, earned advancements to the Round of 8 in over 60 percent of his races, and closed the year with two consecutive appearances in the Final 4.
Murphy joined The Red Arrows as a Team Pilot in 2006 and led the Synchro Pair before being promoted to Commanding Officer and Team Leader. He was the second-youngest ever to have held that top role.
Today Murphy is head of the Blades Racing Team and also flies as a display pilot for the Blades Aerobatic Team – the world’s only civilian display team that additionally acts as an airline, taking passengers on close formation aerobatic flights. Having flown more than 460 public displays internationally, he has amassed over 1,900 hours of display flying. Across all disciplines, he has logged over 4,350 hours in the cockpit. When he’s not flying, his favourite ways to stay fit include kitesurfing, running and triathlon.
Across two seasons in the Red Bull Air Race Challenger Cup, Murphy claimed five podiums, and he came to the Master Class in 2018 looking to build a team and a racing record with potential to extend Britain’s reign as the nation with more World Championship titles than any other in the sport. While the pilot doesn't intend to set specific placement objectives for 2019, he believes that the Blades can improve on their already impressive start.
“My main goal is to end the season with a much better understanding of the raceplane, and our processes clearly refined and my head in a consistently good place,” Murphy says. “If all those things come together, we'll be in a much better position.”