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The Red Arrows

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by platypus, 20 Sep 2009.

  1. platypus


    Joined: 25 Jul 2003

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    Location: Rhône-Alpes+Cambridge

    Well, those of us in Cambridge have been treated to a great ~40 minute display by these guys, always lots of appreciation threads on here for these lot, and its clear to see why. So skillful, and so much fun to watch.

    Was nice to see the entire street out in their gardens :).
  2. Von Smallhausen

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    Joined: 1 Aug 2004

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    Location: Tyneside

    They must have had a busy day as they were on Tyneside at around lunchtime.

    Some awesome displays and one Hawk passed over my gaff at a couple of hundred feet tops and buzzed the rooftops. Great stuff.
  3. Django x2


    Joined: 28 Sep 2008

    Posts: 13,480

    Location: Britain

    hardly busy for them.

    Being based in Bournemouth, I have the pleasure of them arriving / leaving often.

    When they display here, they display in Brighton too. It takes them 15 minutes to get from Bournemouth to Brighton.

    A good friend of mine owns one, as in, one of the red arrows from around 5 years ago. He made it serviceable again and recently took it across to Cowes. Epic!
  4. xb8browney


    Joined: 19 May 2005

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    Normally see them every year at the Sunderland Air Show. I recently watched a documentary on them on the BBC HD channel :) I was supprised to see that they spend most of their time abroad
  5. Mad_Jay

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    Joined: 22 Aug 2006

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    Location: West Mids

    The Red Arrows are based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

    I met the guys whilst I was working at RIAT this year, a great bunch of guys but they are a bunch of pre-madonnas. :p

    I was speaking to a techie who works on the Red Arrows, (You get a custom blue flight suit :D) and he said it was rubbish working for them, But I wouldn't mind doing a stint with the Red Arrows in the future.
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  6. camels5

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    They display at Lowestoft Air Show and they are amazing to watch, even if you not that into airshows!
  7. Rameses


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    They are at Southport next weekend! I hope to go, brilliant they are!
  8. Dup


    Joined: 10 Mar 2006

    Posts: 10,251

    Location: East Lancs

    I saw them at Goodwood for the first time this year. I envy and am in awe of these guys, something about flying jets is really appealing for the scenes and adrenaline. See a french film called Skyfighters for epic jet scenes in HD.
  9. jimbobaggies


    Joined: 16 Jun 2003

    Posts: 266

    Location: Torbay, UK

    I see them at Torquay and Dartmouth most years, only have to go into my back garden when they do the Dartmouth display as I live just over the hill from the river Dart.
  10. [DOD]Asprilla


    Joined: 10 Nov 2003

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    Location: Surrey, by the river

    I was on the 13.35 BA flight out of Newcastle today and was treated to them giving a formation flyby and then landing with smoke as we waited on the taxiway. Was very good.
  11. Stretch


    Joined: 14 Feb 2004

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    Location: Peoples Republic of Histonia, Cambridge

    They were great, second time I've seen them this year :)
  12. Creature


    Joined: 30 Nov 2004

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    Location: Oop North

    Was absolutley brilliant, one of the best displays i've seen them do.

    Been working is Parkers Piece all day so saw absolutley everthing, including the Vulcan :D
  13. Django x2


    Joined: 28 Sep 2008

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    Location: Britain

    No, I meant, I'm based in Bournemouth :). They come here a lot. BIA is a 2nd home to them and they even have their own hanger too!
  14. Cob


    Joined: 30 Jul 2006

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    Location: Antrim town

    Saw them over here again a couple of weeks ago. Happens every year, but never gets old. The heart at the end is class.

    Also had a low-level fly-past by a trio of Harriers this afternoon for the closing of RAF Aldergrove up the road.
  15. Attu90

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    Location: Mansfield, Notts

    They flew over my house today in formation, probably on their way home as i live in Mansfield-Notts
  16. JonnyT

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    Location: Cambridge

    I was at the show being an employee of the company for whom the 'private event' had been arranged ;) and definitely agree. Having been to a fair few airshows over the past couple of years and not seen a better Reds display for many a good year. Have to say that the weather and the light did help too though!
  17. ^^Gord^^

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    They were based at Scampton but moved to Waddington this year. They still use Scampton's air space to practice though.

    Met them briefly at Scampton in 2007 and they seemed ok to me.
  18. Housey

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    It's all done with mirrors, I read so on Youtube.
  19. Hotwired


    Joined: 17 Aug 2009

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    Enjoyed it?


    Well I heard them banging through the sky all afternoon while I worked then saw four little jets scudding along as I left to go home.
  20. Dracata

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    Location: Cambridge

    I didn't realise they were going to be out today until I was driving back into Cambridge from Grantchester, saw them shoot across the sky, absolutely fantastic.