The Red Arrows

Discussion in 'WW2 Museums. Events, & places to see.' started by CTNana, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. CTNana

    CTNana Member Patron

    EDIT : Just use this very old thread to post your pics of the Red Arrows .



    Hi
    Sorry if this is the wrong place to put this but I just received this email.

    The world-famous Red Arrows have been banned from appearing at the 2012 London Olympics because they are deemed "too British".

    Organisers of the event say that the Arrows military background might be "offensive" to other countries taking part in the Games. The display team have performed at more than 4000 events worldwide, but the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have deemed the display team "too militaristically British". Red Arrows pilots were said to be "outraged", as they had hoped to put on a truly world class display for the Games, something which had never been seen before. Being axed from a British-based event for being "too British" is an insult - the Arrows are a symbol of <DEFANGHTML_ST1:COUNTRY-REGION u2:st="on"><DEFANGHTML_ST1:PLACE u2:st="on"><DEFANGHTML_ST1:COUNTRY-REGION w:st="on"><DEFANGHTML_ST1:PLACE w:st="on">Britain</DEFANGHTML_ST1:PLACE></DEFANGHTML_ST1:COUNTRY-REGION></DEFANGHTML_ST1:PLACE></DEFANGHTML_ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> .

    The Red Arrows have been excellent ambassadors for British overseas trade, as they display their British-built Hawk aircraft all over the world.

    The Arrows performed a short flypast in 2005 when the winning bid was announced, but their flypast at the Games was to have been truly spectacular.

    It is to be hoped that common sense prevails

    If you disagree with this decision, sign the petition on the link
    http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/RedArrows2012/?ref=redArrows2012
    Forward this on to everyone you can.
    Regards
    CTNana
     
  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Does sound like advanced mentalism doesn't it.
    "Oooh we can't have the Red Arrows, they're world class entertainment of the highest order, haven't we got something more mediocre? Maybe the Dagenham girl pipers?" :huh:

    My only trouble with this is I'm not really bothered about the Olympics, but I'm sure sense will prevail as the organisers have been very sheepish and noncommittal when questioned on the matter.

    ... Wonder if they do take part if they'll be allowed to use their 'environmentally damaging' coloured smoke :rolleyes:.

    Cheers,
    Adam.
     
  3. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    You have to be understanding of other people's feelings. Instead of this
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    This is also entertaining:
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    The last one should appeal to your Red Ken
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  4. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    I guess you'll have to suspend the changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, just in case some none-Brits show up and get offended by that also.
     
  5. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Makes one's blood boil, that's red too.
     
  6. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    It seems early to make a planning decision as this.In my view the newspapers and media have it on their agenda for the selling of news.Its surprising what the regional news will pull out of the bag to raise interest.Its not long ago that there was a rumour in Lincolnshire through the local media that the group was being disbanded which had the desired effect of representations to all and sundry.
     
  7. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Za's pic made me find a few more.

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    Nah, they're right, rubbish, who'd want to see that at an international event?..., :rolleyes::huh::mellow:
    They may even crick their necks and sue...

    (Though why I'm having such trouble finding a decent youtube video without a bloody awful soft rock soundtrack does mystify me slightly)
     
  8. Dieppe

    Dieppe Senior Member

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    Can't remember where I saw this, but I liked it!:p
     
  9. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Makes one's blood boil, that's red too.

    Ahhh, the lowly classes... Mine is blue...
     
  10. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Ahhh, the lowly classes... Mine is blue...

    o_O
    Rodinu's a Romanov!?!
     
  11. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

  12. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Are they still flying Hawk Jets or have they changed?
     
  13. DaveBrigg

    DaveBrigg Member

    Sometimes it's almost worth getting stuck behind a tractor on the A15 just to spend more time watching them practise over Scampton. Good to see that they will still be using this airspace, despite moving their ground location. Whether they will still exist in 10 years time is another matter.
     
  14. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Are they still flying Hawk Jets or have they changed?

    I'm not totally sure to be honest, think they are still Hawks.:huh:

    Sometimes it's almost worth getting stuck behind a tractor on the A15 just to spend more time watching them practise over Scampton. Good to see that they will still be using this airspace, despite moving their ground location. Whether they will still exist in 10 years time is another matter.

    At least they won't have to go far for Waddo airshow. Not sure what will now happen to Scampton.
     
  15. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    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 48,000 ft and fuel capacity gives a range of 1,000 nm, making most of the world accessible apart from New Zealand. The aircraft are essentially the same as those flown by Advanced Flying Training students at RAF Valley, with the exception of smoke generation modifications and a slightly uprated engine giving a faster response time. The smoke generation system pumps diesel mixed with appropriately coloured dye into the jet exhaust to produce the colourful vapour trails that enhance both visual effect and flight safety. This allows 5 minutes of white smoke, 1 minute of red and 1 of blue.
    (Copied from the website)

    http://www.raf.mod.uk/reds/
     
  16. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

  17. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    A flight with the Red Arrows is to be sold at auction to raise money for British troops and their families.
    Proceeds from Wednesday's sale at Sotheby's will go to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association - Forces Help (SSAFA).

    BBC NEWS | England | Red Arrows flight to be auctioned

    Rather fancy this, but not with Christmas coming up....:D
     
  18. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    RAF - News by Date


    The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, is proud to announce that a female pilot is one of two candidates selected to join the world-famous ‘Diamond Nine’ for the 2010 display season. The successful candidates Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore of number X111 Squadron, RAF Marham and Flight Lieutenant Ben Plank of number 1(Fighter) Squadron, RAF Cottesmore, will fly as part of the 2010-2012 display team, enthralling millions with their exhilarating manoeuvres, demonstrating the skills and excellence of the Royal Air Force, promoting British industry and contributing to defence diplomacy.
    The Royal Air Force fast-jet pilots will join the Red Arrows in September 2009 to begin training for their three-year tour with the team, based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.
    Around 30 Royal Air Force fast-jet pilots apply for the prestigious places on the team each year. Kirsty is not the first female to have applied to join the Red Arrows, but was the first to make the prestigious ‘shortlist’ of candidates, and is now the first to be selected for the team.

    Until recently, no female fast-jet pilot had reached the stage in their flying career to fulfil the application criteria; be assessed as above average in their flying career, have a minimum of 1,500 flying hours and have completed at least one front line fast-jet operational tour. Applications to join the Red Arrows from Royal Air Force fast-jet pilots meeting the relevant criteria are treated equally and considered purely on merit.
    Wing Commander Jas Hawker, Officer Commanding and Team Leader of the Red Arrows, said: “The shortlist of candidates to join the Red Arrows represents some of the very finest fast-jet pilots in the Royal Air Force. Their skills, experience, dedication and enthusiasm are second to none. We are equally proud to be welcoming both pilots to the team and are looking forward to their arrival in September 2009.”
    Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore (31) joined the RAF as a pilot in 1998. Originally from Lincolnshire she has served as an instructor on the Hawk aircraft at RAF Valley in North Wales and is currently flying Tornado GR4 with XIII Sqn based at RAF Marham in Norfolk.
    Flight Lieutenant Ben Plank (30) from Worcestershire joined the RAF in 2000. Like Kirsty, he has also served as an instructor on the Hawk at RAF Valley, from where he went on to his current operational tour flying the Harrier with 1(F) Sqn from RAF Cottesmore, Leicestershire.
    For the latest news on the Red Arrows visit RAF Red Arrows - Home
     
  19. Auditman

    Auditman Senior Member

    Good luck to them both - a tough act to join. Always enjoy watching The Reds
    Jim
     
  20. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    And why not. Wish her all the best.
     

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