Thursday, May 29, 2014

Red Arrows take the skies - for 50th year

 Hawk jets of the Red Arrows display team in a 'diamond nine' formation [Picture: Crown copyright]

From the MoD:

Red Arrows begin 50th display season

28 May 2014 

The Royal Air Force aerobatic display team have donned their red flying suits for the start of their landmark 50th year in the air. 

The Red Arrows have been awarded their ‘public display authority’ for 2014 after months of intensive preparation and have swapped their green coveralls for their iconic red flying suits to mark the start of a season of exciting world-class aerobatics. 

For the 9 display pilots and the ground staff, being given the green light to perform this season was a proud moment.

 Squadron Leader Jim Turner, team leader and ‘Red 1’, said:

It is a testimony to the dedication and constant strive for excellence which have always been hallmarks of the team and the Royal Air Force.
Since their first performance in 1965, the public have been witnessing the impressive speed, agility and precision of the RAF through the Red Arrows. Still going strong 50 seasons on, the RAF Aerobatic Team are sure to put on performances that will not disappoint in more than 80 displays in the UK and overseas this year...

Much more here.

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