Red Arrows Aerobatic Team by Peter Yeo

The “Red Arrows” are the RAF Aerobatic Team, based only 9 miles up the road from here at RAF Scampton, which was my last “posting” at the end of my Service career.

The British Aerospace “Hawk” trainers are superb aerobatic aircraft and very popular trainers, and have sold all around the world, including the USA.

The day I took my grandson Matthew on a visit to the Red Arrows museum and to see the team perform it was a dreadful day, with heavy rain that kept the planes grounded.  However, we were able to go in the museum, and then the hangar where two aircraft were undergoing major servicing.  This explains why there is black-painted Hawk on the flight-line, an aircraft borrowed from another Base to make up numbers until the Team aircraft is available again.  There is a shot of Matthew, aged 13, standing beside a Folland “Gnat”, and that gives a good idea of just how small the Gnat was.  It was designed to be a trainer and was also sold to India, to be built under licence in India for service as a light fighter.  The Red Arrows were equipped with Gnats for several years and performed their displays all over Britain and Europe.