Red Arrows: The World's Greatest Aerobatic Display Team

Check out these 17 magnificent images of 'The Reds'...

The Red Arrows are considered by many to be the greatest aerobatic display team in the world.

They embody the spirit of the Royal Air Force by proudly displaying the capability, daring and values of the British Armed Forces high up in the sky.

Representing the oldest independent air force in the world they fly the Union Jack all over the globe and represent the best of Britain. 

The Red Arrows complete the RAF100 Flypast over Buckingham Palace and service personnel on parade
The Red Arrows on a training sortie in Tanagra

The Red Arrows have been displaying since 1965 and have flown around 5,000 displays internationally.

They fly BAE Systems’ Hawk T1 fast-jets and proudly wear the iconic red design alongside the red, white and blue of the Union Jack.

Pilots who have the rare privilege of flying with 'The Reds' have diverse backgrounds.

They have completed operational tours ranging from Afghanistan to Libya.

Red Arrows display over The Aegean Sea during on Exercise Springhawk
The Red Arrows make their final manouver 'Infinity' on their 2017 Saudi Arabia tour

The Red Arrows are powered by a Rolls-Royce Mk 151 engine and can reach maximum speed at sea level of 645 mph.

The team originally consisted of seven pilots flying Folland Gnat T1 jets until the team was increased to nine in 1968.

In 1980, the Gnat was replaced and the start of The Red Arrows as we know them today began.

The Red Arrows and 4 Typhoon jets soar over the London Eye

The Red Arrow Hawk Jet Facts:

  • Wingspan: 9.39 m
  • Length: 11.85 m
  • Height: 4.00 m
  • Maximum speed at sea level: 645 mph (1037 km/h)
  • Maximum altitude: 48,000 ft (15894 m)
  • Empty weight: 8,000 Ibs (3628 kg)
  • Max weight: 18,390 Ibs (8330 kg)
  • Engine: one Rolls-Royce Adour Mk 151
  • Thrust: 5,200 Ibs (2359 kg)
The Red Arrows practice displays in Greece

Have a browse of the gallery below if you want to see some more incredible images of The Red Arrows in action below:

All Images From MOD: Crown Copyright