The Red Arrows (Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team)

The Red Arrows Aerobatic Display Team. Photo by EJ van Koningsveld

The Red Arrows Aerobatic Display Team. Image courtesy of Richard Malcom

he Red Arrows are probably one of the best air display teams in the world. They have been thrilling people throughout the world for nearly fifty years. The Red Arrows are officially known as The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team. They are based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire. The Red Arrows were formed in 1964 with seven Folland Gnat training aircraft, which was increased to nine aircraft in 1966. They operated with the Gnat until late 1979, when they received the Hawk T1.

Since forming in 1964, The Red Arrows have performed over 4,000 displays in 53 Countries. The first display by The Red Arrows was at Little Rissington on 6th May 1965.

The Red Arrows official website.

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Image courtesy of EJ van Koningsveld
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Above images courtesy of EJ van Koningsveld

Photos by Stuart Thurtle
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Images courtesy of Bob Franklin
Images courtesy of Bob Franklin
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Images courtesy of Bob Franklin

The Red Arrows flypast with a Air Malta Airbus A320 at the Malta Air Show 2014

The Red Arrows flypast with a Air Malta Airbus A320 at the Malta Air Show 2014. Photo by Tim Croton

The Red Arrows and Typhoon four-ship at Leuchars Air Show 2013

The Red Arrows and Typhoon four-ship at Leuchars Air Show 2013. Photo by Andrew Ratcliffe

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The Red Arrows with Airbus A400M Atlas. Photo by Roger Whitcomb - Milairpix.com

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The Red Arrows with Airbus A380. Photo by Roger Whitcomb - Milairpix.com

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The Red Arrows and Sentinel at Waddington. Photo by Roger Whitcomb - Milairpix.com

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The Red Arrows with The Eagle Squadron. Photo by Bruce Martin

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The Red Arrows and Sentinel. Photo by Bob Franklin

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The Red Arrows and Vulcan XH558 at Jersey International Air Display 2010. Photo by Stuart Thurtle www.aircraftimage.zenfolio.com

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The Red Arrows and the BBMF. Photo by Peter R Foster

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The Red Arrows and Canberra PR9 XH134 at RAF Marham 2006. Photo by Bruce Martin

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The Red Arrows and Concorde at Fairford June 1985. Photo by Adrian M. Balch