Red Arrows wow crowds in UAE

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Photo by: Cpl Adam Fletcher - RAF - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

Jets from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, soared above Expo 2020 Dubai to mark the opening week of the event, billed as “the world’s greatest show.”

The Red Arrows put on a spectacular 20-minute show at the Expo 2020 Dubai site including brand-new moves and some of the biggest formations in the team’s inventory.

This show was part of a wider visit to the United Arab Emirates, to help celebrate the UAE’s 50th anniversary and which also saw a display in Abu Dhabi. In Dubai, the performance supports the UK’s involvement at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Before the Red Arrows’ display, engineers and pilots took part in an aviation-themed STEM engagement event at the UK Pavilion. This encouraged young people to discover more about science, technology, engineering and maths (the STEM subjects).

Team pilots also appeared at the UK Pavilion to meet the public after the display. Squadron Leader Tom Bould, the Red Arrows’ Team Leader, who flies at the front of the nine-aircraft formation as Red 1, said:

“Through our trademark combination of precision formations and exciting, agile flying, the Red Arrows’ displays in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have proven a wonderful, colourful opportunity for the team to help mark the UAE’s 50th anniversary celebrations and look forward to the next 50.”

Officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows showcase the excellence of the RAF and represent the United Kingdom both at home and overseas.

The team consists of 11 pilots, nine of whom fly in the display, and more than 100 support personnel and technicians. Each of the pilots has previous fast-jet, operational experience flying the Tornado, Typhoon or Harrier, enabling the RAF to secure the skies and protect the nation and its interests, 365-days a year.

One of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the Red Arrows had completed nearly 5,000 displays, in 57 countries, by the beginning of 2021. Flying Hawk T1 jets, the team is based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

Photos by: Cpl Adam Fletcher – RAF – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

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