2012 Red Arrows

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2011 was a very bad year for the Red Arrows, they lost (due to tragic accidents) two great pilots

Flt Lt Jon Egging and Flt Lt Sean Cunningham.
But in 2012 they are back, this year they will be flying a sevenship formation but in 2013 they will be back as the famous nineship.
I spent three weeks with the 2012 team at RAF Akrotiri Cyprus. And to see them work so hard after such a difficult winter period was amazing. My respect for all these men and woman is even more than it already was.

"What a Team"
These pages (4) is my tribute to this great 2012 Team, enjoy.

EJ.van Koningsveld 

On this photo we miss the groundcrew, find them here: Grouncrew at work

On the line at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus
 
Since the first aerial pageant at Hendon in 1920, formation aerobatics have been held in high regard by the Royal Air Force. In the barnstorming days before the Second World War no air display would be complete without the sight of two or more biplanes flying in close proximity, often tied together. With the dawn of the jet age, piston engine aircraft were replaced by the faster and more dramatic of the new front-line jet fighters.
The first RAF jet team was formed in 1947 and consisted of three Vampires from the Odiham Wing in Hampshire. By 1950 72 Squadron was flying a team of seven Vampires and 54 Squadron, with their five aircraft, were the first to use smoke. This was achieved by injecting diesel into the jet pipe where the high temperature turned it to white smoke. Rivalry between the RAF fighter squadrons was high and it became the trend for each to form its own team. When 54 Squadron re-equipped with the Hawker Hunter in 1955 they put together a four ship team know as the Black Knights. In 1956, 111 Squadron (Tremblers or Treble One) became the official RAF display team with their five gloss black Hunters. After displaying in France they were applauded as Les Fleches Noires and they soon became know throughout the Continent as the Black Arrows.
In 1956, 111 Squadron (Tremblers or Treble One) became the official RAF display team with their five gloss black Hunters. After displaying in France they were applauded as Les Fleches Noires and they soon became know throughout the Continent as the Black Arrows.
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