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RAF Red Arrows : United Kingdom’s Flying Ambassadors

By Andrew Burgon / phoenix@projectfellowship.com
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July 13, 2015

RAF Red Arrows Racing Through the Sky

The RAF Red Arrows are the Royal Air Force’s aerobatic team extraordinaire that have been painting the skies since 1965. We’re talking precision flying, close formations and gravity defying stunts. They are the public face of the Royal Air Force and ambassadors of the United Kingdom when travelling abroad.

The Red Arrows have thrilled crowds in 56 countries and have amassed an impressive 4,660 shows over the years.

What may surprise you is that the 9 planes you see taking part in a show represent the efforts of a 120 member team. Pilots, engineers and essential support staff work hard to make sure each dazzling show is a success.

The demanding roles of the Red Arrows are as follows:

* To support UK industry and commerce.

* To demonstrate excellence, precision and the best of British.

* To showcase the professionalism of the Armed Forces – their capability, innovation and adaptation.

* To carry out defence diplomacy overseas, providing vital support for UK industry.

* To be global ambassadors for the Royal Air Force, Armed Forces and UK.

* To aid recruitment into the Armed Forces.

They also manage to find time to help more than 500 UK charities every year both directly and indirectly.

If you would like to find out more about the RAF Red Arrows you can check them out at the Royal Airforce site.

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RAF red arrows Bournemouth Air Festival 2013

Bournemouth Air Festival 2013 Full Resolution

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The Royal Air Forse Aerobatic Team (RAFAT), “The Red Arrows” practicing their display manoeuvres over RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus. Full Resolution

 LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va -- Maj Paul "Max" Moga. F-22A Raptor Demonstration team pilot, flies in formation with British Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, during an afternoon practice flight on Jun 18 for the Air Power Over Hampton Roads Air Show scheduled for Jun 20 to 22.

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va — Maj Paul “Max” Moga. F-22A Raptor Demonstration team pilot, flies in formation with British Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, during an afternoon practice flight on Jun 18 for the Air Power Over Hampton Roads Air Show scheduled for Jun 20 to 22. Full Resolution

RAF Red Arrows VC10 RIAT 2006

A unique formation of the Red Arrows and the VC10 at RIAT 2006 Full Resolution

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‘Red 6’ of the world famous air display team the Red Arrows is pictured during a transit flight from Denmark back to the UK, after a display at Gilze Rijen. Full Resolution

RAF Red Arrows destroyer HMS Diamond

The Red Arrows fly over the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Diamond as she sails past Cyprus.
HMS Diamond was on tasking in the Mediterranean as part of OP RECSYR (Removal of Chemical Weapons in Syria). Meanwhile the Reds were on their annual pre-season display training out of RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. Full Resolution

RAF Red Arrows Scottish Air Show 1986

RAF Red Arrows Kuwait city

The Red Arrows flying in formation over the Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City. For the 50th anniversary of the Red Arrows the Team embarked on a Middle East Tour, visiting several countries including Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE. Full Resolution

RAF red arrows Flight Lieutenant Mike Ling

Meeting the Red Arrows at the Southend Show. The little guy is Lingy the Bear. The big guy is Flight Lieutenant Mike Ling, for whom Lingy the Bear is named.

RAF Red Arrows Duba

Red 9 of the World famous Red Arrows aerobatic display team, banks high above the desert sands of Dubai, after completing a successful display at the International Air Convention in 2007. Full Resolution

A Red Arrows pilot exits his Hawk aircraft at the end of the display at Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire, England.

A Red Arrows pilot exits his Hawk aircraft at the end of the display at Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire, England. Full Resolution

RAF Red Arrows Hawk T1 plane description

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