The RAF Aerobatic Team: the Red Arrows
These guys need no introduction at all. Apart from the fact that one of them – for the first time ever – is a woman. Presumably this would only be a problem whilst attempting to park the planes (yeah I said it).
Just in the off-chance that you’ve not heard of the Red Arrows – actually there’s very little chance of that. But anyway, they are the world’s best aerobatic display team, flying the same Hawk T1 plane we saw earlier. As far as I’m concerned, like the team, the pictures need little introduction, so I’m just going to sit back and show them to you.
Shortly before the team splits up into two separate groups for the second part of the display, the Red Arrows perform the Diamond Nine formation, their trademark move which gives them their nickname.
The Reds then split into groups of four and five (or five and four, I can’t remember). They then proceed to fly really fast at each other.
It is indicative of the closing speed of these two planes that, even at 1/1600sec, there is motion blur on one of the planes.
That one is one of my favourite images of this set; a sole Arrow dissects the smoke cloud in the sky and its reflection in the water.
As ever, the Arrows finished their display with the Vixen Break.
Less than half an hour after the last of these images were taken, Red 4 – Flight Lieutenant Jon “Eggman” Egging – was killed when his Red Arrow crashed into a field south of Bournemouth Airport as the team were returning to land. The cause of the crash is still being investigated, however numerous eyewitness reports have suggested that he died ensuring his plane avoided residences as it went down. My thoughts are with his family and friends, and of course his fellow Arrows, at this difficult time. This last picture isn’t one of mine, but it is best to end this post on it.