The Red Arrows 50th Display Season
This year marks the 50th display season of The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team. The Red Arrows were formed in 1965 at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. Since then they have become an iconic British institution, performing at more than 4,500 displays in over 50 countries, including a recent first time display in Kuwait.
To celebrate their 50th display season, the team has been performing all over Europe including the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, where Tom Wood from the Airfix Development team took these great shots of the Red Arrows in action. There are still a few chances in September to catch the final displays of the 50th season, including shows at Duxford, Southport and Jersey.
This year the team's Hawk aircraft have a new tail fin design celebrating their 50th Display Season. The dual control BAe Systems Hawk T1 is the RAF's advanced trainer, and has been used by the Red Arrows since 1979, replacing the Folland Gnat. The Hawk's Rolls Royce Adour engine produces 5,200lbs of thrust and can power the aircraft to a top speed of Mach 1.2. The aircraft has a maximum altitude of 48,000ft and fuel capacity gives a range of 1,000nm, making most of the world accessible.
Both Corgi and Airfix are releasing models of the Red Arrows Hawk with its 50th season livery, including the Airfix 1:72 Red Arrows Hawk 50th Display Season Starter Set and 1:48 Gift Set.
The Airfix 1:48 Red Arrows 50th Display Season Gift Set, featuring both the Hawk and the Gnat, and the Corgi 1:72 Red Arrows 50th Display Season BAe Hawk will both be available in October.
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