One of the world's premier aerobatic teams have been as busy as ever, but even the Red Arrows deserve a break at Christmas.
Lewis Hamilton visited the Red Arrows team in Lincolnshire as part of his preparation for his next Formula One race.
An inquest into the death of Red Arrows pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging - who died just after a display last year, will begin today.
The inquest into the death of Red Arrow Sean Cunningham heard how ground crew ran for safety after the pilot was thrown 300 feet into the air when his ejection seat went off while he prepared for take-off.
Cpl David Morris:
"The canopy filled with smoke and then Flt Lt Cunningham went with his seat through the canopy. As the canopy blew it took a couple of seconds to register what had happened.
"Then we ran to avoid parts of the canopy hitting us. I knew at some point the ejection seat was going to separate and it was going to fall to the ground.
"It looked like Flt Lt Cunningham was trying to stabilise himself. I could see his limbs moving. It looked as if he was trying to get his balance. The parachute didn't open. The seat came down and hit the floor, I could feel the thud. I saw the whole thing."
SAC Joseph Tiley, who had helped Flt Lt Cunningham prepare his aircraft for take-off said the ejection seat went off as he was carrying out last minute checks said:
"I was taking a step back to do the air brakes when I saw a flashy and black smoke. At that point I tucked myself up unto a ball, put my hands over my head and closed my eyes. I didn't see any of the ejection."
Sgt Chris Clarkson:
"I caught the flash from the ejection out of the corner of my eye. I turned to look and I saw Sean leaving the aircraft. I watched him go over my head. Then we started getting hit by canopy so I turned away.
"I saw Joe Tiley on the floor. Being so close to the aircraft I thought he was possibly dead. "
An inquest has heard how in the immediate period before Flt Lt Cunningham's death the Red Arrows had been concentrating on learning lessons from the death of another pilot, Jon Egging, who lost his life three months earlier when his Hawk Jet crashed while taking part in an air show at Bournemouth.
Sqdrn Ldr Martin Higgins, who was Red 10 at the time of the tragedy said:
"Due to the fact of Jon Egging's crash the priority would have focused on the lessons identified from the crash rather than administering the air safety management plan."
The hearing in Lincoln continues and is expected to last three weeks.
The hectic schedule of the Red Arrows display team meant that engineers barely had time to carry out work on their Hawk jets, an inquest heard today.
The number of engineers available to the team had been reduced over the previous four years but there was no reduction in the work load.
The inquest into the death of pilot Sean Cunningham, who died after his ejection seat fired while he was preparing for take off sending him 300 feet into the air, was told that the team was up to 20 engineers short and many were inexperienced.
It heard that a number of mechanics were on their first RAF posting after completing their basic training.
Experienced pilot Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham was killed when he was ejected from his Hawk T1 aircraft while it was on the ground, just moments before take off.
Those who worked alongside Sean gave evidence today and spoke of the moments leading up to the tragedy. Matt Price reports.
At the inquest into the death of a Red Arrows pilot, one of his colleagues said he couldn't help Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham because "I knew he was dead".
Matt Price has more.
Flight Lieutenant James McMillan recalls the moment Sean Cunningham was ejected from his T1 Hawk aircraft in November 2011 at RAF Scampton. He recalls carrying out cockpit checks before hearing "an enormous bang.
It was so close I could feel it. At first I thought it was something wrong with my aircraft, and mistook the noise for engine surge. I thought I should have been seeing a parachute by now. His arms were windmilling."
Moments later he told the inquest "I did not want to go over and help. I knew Sean was dead."
The inquest will hear from over 70 witnesses over the next three weeks.
An inquest in tho the death of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham has begun.
The 35-year-old Red Arrows pilot died at RAF Scampton in November 2011.
The pathologist, Professor Guy Rutty, said the pilot had died after suffering injuries consistent with a fall and that his investigation was focused on his consumption of Night Nurse the evening before.
Flight Lieutenant Pert, another Red Arrows pilot, has been giving evidence this morning, answering questions about the positioning of the firing handle for the ejector seat.
The inquest is expected to last three weeks
An inquest is set to begin today into the death of a Red Arrows Pilot who was killed when his parachute failed to open when the ejector seat activated.
Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham was in the cockpit of a Hawk T1 on the tarmac at RAF Scampton in 2011 when his seat ejected.
Lawyers of the family say they hope the inquest will provide answers about the events leading up to his death.
The inquest into the 35-year-old’s death is expected to last three weeks with Central Lincolnshire Coroner Stuart Fisher hearing from up to 40 key witnesses.
The Red Arrows return to RAF Scampton today after a tour of the Middle East.
The 9 display pilots in were supported by more than 100 technical staff ranging from safety experts to engineers.
The tour included seven dates in Dubai, with five at the Dubai Air Show, and three at the Al Ain Air Show in the United Arab Emirates