Red Arrows in Cornwall

Red Arrows - Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team

File 1929The Red Arrows are officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team much like the Air Force’s Blue Angels in the Unite States. The Red Arrows are based out of RAF Scampton in the United Kingdom. The team was founded in 1964 as an all RAF team which replaced a number of unofficial teams which had been sponsored previously by various RAF commands. The badges of the Red Arrows show the aircrafts in their traditional “diamond nine” formation for their motto: “Eclat” which means “brilliance”.

The Red Arrows were outfitted initially with seven Folland Gnat trainer airplanes which were inherited from a display team of RAF known as the Yellow Jackets. The trainers were chosen as the plane of the Red Arrows due to its inexpensive use as opposed to other frontline fighters. Their first season saw 65 performances across the United Kingdom with one of the most memorable being over Fowey. By 1966 the team number was raised to 9 members and that allowed them to create the “Diamond 9” pattern formation. Late in 1979 the team switched to the BAE Hawk trainer and to this date the Red Arrows have performed at over 4000 shows world-wide in over 50 countries.

File 1930The news of the first use of the BAE Hawk in 1974 was met with derision by the Hunter pilots at the RAF’s tactical weapons training unit. They were skeptical over the ability of the BAE Hawk to replace the rugged Hunter. They even had bumper stickers to show their disdain of the new trainer. That was over 25 years ago and such disdain or skepticism for the BAE Hawk no longer seems remotely credible. A new era of flying was entered into with jets and those pilots got to see the joy of the flight in the BAE Hawk proving its worthiness.

The BAE Hawk has got a reputation of being the best trainer in the world as well as a light strike aircraft. The basic design of the aircraft had been redesigned from a series of variants ranging from a multi-roll fighter of a lighter distinction to United States Navy’s carrier trainer. The BAE Hawk has handling “like butter” which leaves many pilots wanting and needing more from the aircrafts that they traditionally fly. Flying other aircraft when compared to the BAE Hawk is said to be like flying an anvil.

File 1931The beauty and the grace of the BAE hawk can be seen all over the world as the red Arrows perform their death defying aerial acts several dozen times all over the world. One of the most notable performances can be found at the Fowey Regatta Week, Cornwall and during Falmouth Week, in Falmouth,  Cornwall. The breathtaking natural beauty leaves many in awe as the BAE Hawk soars over the harbor, through and around the cliffs and over the awe inspiring Restormel Castle near Launceston.

If you’re planning on taking part in all that is offered in Cornwall, be it the fishing, the many areas to hike or to relax then by all means plan your trip around the time that the Red Arrows will be performing. You will not, under any circumstances, be left dissatisfied.

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