The Red Arrows
The mighty Red Arrows, the RAF’s amazing aerobatic team, is arguably the most famous and skilled aerobatic display team on the planet. The pilots represent the precision, agility and speed of the Royal Air Force – and as the public face of the service, they act as ambassadors for the UK, while assisting in recruiting to the Armed Forces.
Their distinctive bright red Hawk jets performing daredevil displays at air shows all over the world is the result of a combined effort between the pilots, essential support staff and engineers. Since their formation in 1965, the Red Arrows have flown in 57 countries across the world, completing more than 4,800 displays to date.
Millions of people have marvelled at their precision displays and breath-taking fly-pasts each summer – the result of almost eight months’ dedicated training every year at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire. The training enables the pilots to perfect three types of air display, as the weather conditions of the air shows will determine the type of display that can be performed.
With seven Gnat aircraft, the Royal Air Force combined its existing display team into one unit, the Red Arrows, in 1964. Taking their name from the Black Arrows and the Red Pelicans’ colour scheme, their first season in 1965 saw them performing for the first time at RAF Little Rissington at a media event on 6th May. They performed a total of 65 shows in their first year.
In 1968, they increased the number of aircraft permanently to nine and their trademark formation, the Diamond Nine, was launched. They replaced the Gnat with the BAE Systems Hawk in 1980. In 1983, they moved from their base at RAF Kemble to RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, which has been their home ever since.
In 2002, marking Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the Red Arrows flew with the British Airways Concorde aircraft over London in a commemorative display. In 2015, a new Union flag-inspired design was unveiled featuring red, white and blue lines to mark their important role as UK ambassadors.
More than 500 UK charities benefit from the Red Arrows’ work each year. The team also hosts events for more than 1,000 people – including youth groups – as part of their visitors’ programme at RAF Scampton. Some of the visits by members of the public are auction prizes that have been given to charities to aid their fundraising efforts.
The Red Arrows enjoy meeting the public and attend numerous displays and events throughout the season, accompanying the team’s public relations unit. Totalling thousands of pounds, the RAF Aerobatic Team Trust donates money to worthy causes every year.
It was Microsoft founder and CEO Bill Gates who once likened the airplane to the world wide web, as it brings people of different ideas, values and languages together. This couldn’t be more apt in the case of the Red Arrows, whose displays are loved by people from all walks of life, in different countries across the globe.
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The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
To celebrate two of the most iconic engineering feats in British history, Aston Martin Cambridge has commissioned 10 Vanquish S Red Arrows cars in tribute to the RAF Aerobatic team.
For your chance to win Red 10, please support the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund through their raffle. Tickets cost £20, the raffle closes on 1 December 2017 and the draw will be made on 8th December 2017.