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Red Arrows set for major Asian tour

Credit: ITV News

Lincolnshire-based Red Arrows are set for a major tour of Asia with performances in China, India, Malaysia and Singapore, it has been announced.

The tour, to support Britain's prosperity, is part of performances in up to 20 locations from the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific.

It will see the Red Arrows, who are based at RAF Scampton, perform their world-famous aerobatics in China for the first time ever.

Planning is under way to finalise details of deployment, which follows an invitation for the aerobatic team of Hawk T1 aircraft to perform at the Zhuhai Airshow as part of the UK’s GREAT campaign.

Our RAF Red Arrows and Typhoons represent the best of British. The Red Arrows will fly the flag for Britain in key export markets while our RAF Typhoons will exercise with our allies.

– Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

Lincolnshire Red Arrows perform fly-past for Queen's 90th birthday

The Lincolnshire based Red Arrows were one of the many highlights at the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations today.

Aerobatic team from RAF Scampton perform fly-past for Queen's birthday Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Aerobatic team from RAF Scampton were part of an RAF fly-past at Buckingham Palace, thrilling the Royal family on the palace balcony - and the thousands of spectators who lined the Mall. It followed a Trooping the Colour event in Horse Guards Parade.

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Red Arrows leave for overseas training

Preparing for take off Credit: RAF Red Arrows

Eleven jets from the Red Arrows aerobatic team have left their Lincolnshire base bound for the Squadron’s annual overseas training – known as Exercise Springhawk.

The Hawk aircraft took off from RAF Scampton and flew to Germany for refuelling, before continuing to Albania and staying overnight in Tirana this evening.

It is the first time the Squadron has formally visited the country and will provide a chance for the team to meet military officers and NATO partners in Albania. The aircraft will then complete the transit to Greece tomorrow.

Heading for overseas training Credit: RAF Red Arrows

For the next five weeks, the team – including pilots, engineers and other support personnel – will operate from Tanagra, an Helenic Air Force base, as they prepare for the 2016 season.

The annual training sees the Red Arrows fly three times a day, five days a week, to perfect their performance.

The overseas location provides the better weather which is essential to enable the team to practice and polish the 2016 display, which will be seen by millions of people this summer. It will be the Red Arrows’ 52nd display season since the first in 1965.

52nd display season Credit: RAF Red Arrows

Exercise Springhawk is the final part of the pre-season preparation and is also when senior Royal Air Force officers assess the team and decide whether to give approval for the Red Arrows to display in front of the public – known as Public Display Authority (PDA).

It is hoped the Red Arrows will attain PDA at the end of April before returning to the UK. Fore more information on the Red Arrows click here

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