Flying in glorious Greek sunshine, the Red Arrows are perfecting and polishing their manoeuvres ahead of the forthcoming display season.
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team has deployed to Greece to carry out this essential pre-season training. The five-week visit, which has recently got underway, is known as Exercise Springhawk and concludes at the end of May. It allows the Red Arrows to prepare a safe, visually-appealing and world-class display.
The Red Arrows’ deployment to Greece means the team can operate in much more settled weather conditions than are often found in the UK and at its home base in Lincolnshire.
Springhawk, which is an annual exercise, is an extremely valuable, focussed and intense training period for both the Red Arrows’ air and ground crews.
The deployment provides opportunity to fly up to three times a day, with the aim of improving through every sortie and fully testing each aspect of the team’s activities.
A successful training exercise will permit the team to complete strict annual assessments on schedule, ready to perform for millions of people at what is expected to be a busy summer season in the UK.
The superb aerial imagery of the Red Arrows training in Greece was taken by Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team photographer Corporal Adam Fletcher flying with Red 10, Squadron Leader Adam Collins, in a photo chase flight.
The Red Arrows say they are extremely grateful for the support received from the Hellenic Air Force, the Greek authorities and the British Embassy – all of whom have worked closely to plan this exercise.
Images taken from the back seat of Red 10’s jet during a photo chase courtesy of the Ministry of Defence.