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Dramatic daredevil flying: What's it like inside a Red Arrows jet?

The Red Arrows team are set to mark their 50th Anniversary this year, flying their distinctive Hawk jets at over 85 displays in nine different countries.

A camera the flying team as they conducted some of the daring twisting manoeuvres, like crowd favourites the Corkscrew and the Twister:

Squadron team leader Jim Turner is proud to be representing the Red Arrows to mark their 50th anniversary year, and be part of a continued legacy:

I'm incredibly proud to be part of the legacy that is the Red Arrows.

The team formed in 1964, had its first display in 1965.

To be leading it in its 50th display season is a huge honour for me.

– Squadron Leader Jim Turner
The Red Arrows cross paths spraying their British colours. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA

The acrobatic team have wowed crowds across the world with their impressive displays and synchronized dives, which mark big occasions like Royal birthdays and national celebrations.

With the exception of their arrival manoeuvre, the Red Arrows do not fly directly over the crowd.

But acrobatics in front of and parallel to the crowd can be flown down to 300 feet.

The RAF Red Arrows perform a flypast over Buckingham Palace. Credit: Chris Ison/PA

There are three types of display, full, rolling or flat, the team decide on which one to fly at an event depending on the weather.

The ribbon diagrams below show some of the formations of the full display, flown in the Red Arrows’ 50th display season.

Some of the many displays the Red Arrows perform. Credit: Red Arrows/RAF.mod

The name Red Arrows combined the skill and expertise of two earlier teams, the Black Arrows and the Red Pelicans.

The Arrows perform their Palm Split manoeuvre at an event:

The Red Arrows’ main display uses up to 5 times the force of gravity (5’g’) in their manoeuvres, so RAF pilots need to train at least three times a day to get used to the forces.

The Red Arrows take part in a Love Heart stunt:

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