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The Red Arrows

Despite displaying seven rather than their trademark nine Hawks this season, there will be no shortage of flair and precision-flying when the RAF Red Arrows take to the skies above RAF Fairford this summer.

Acknowledged as one of the world's premier aerobatic display teams, the Red Arrows are renowned throughout the world as ambassadors for both the Royal Air Force and the UK. This year, as well as representing the 'Best of British' at the London Olympics and as part of celebrations marking The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the team will be demonstrating its breathtaking close-formation flying at the world's largest military airshow.

Since forming at RAF Fairford in 1965, the team have flown more than 4,300 displays, initially flying Folland Gnat jet trainers before transferring to the BAE Hawk in 1980.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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