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Change of crew for the Red Arrows

Thrilling displays Credit: PA

There is to be a change of crew at the Red Arrows, with two pilots stepping down - as another pair prepare to take to the skies. The famous nine, based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, have now completed this season having displayed 65 times in four countries. Calendar has been speaking exclusively to the two that are leaving.

Red Arrows to do 'flypast only' at air show

Credit: Ministry of Defence

Following the Shoreham air crash, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has amended the display permissions for the Dartmouth Royal Regatta so that Lincolnshire's Red Arrows will only be performing flypasts, and not their usual full display.

"It has been assessed that the required changes to display heights and positioning would have reduced the visual quality of the display for the public to an unacceptable level and therefore, with regret, the Red Arrows’ will not be conducting a full display at Dartmouth this year."

– Royal Airforce spokesperson


Hollywood star dreams of taking to the skies with the Red Arrows

Hollywood star, Tom Cruise, says he wants to take to the skies with the Red Arrows one day.

Cruise, who played fighter pilot Maverick, in Top Gun, filmed scenes for his latest film Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation at RAF Wittering. And speaking to Forces TV on the red carpet at the premiere in London, he praised the RAF for helping turn some of his most complex film stunts ever into a reality:

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Red Arrows perform final flypast with Vulcan bomber

The Red Arrows and Vulcan bomber, have performed a joint flypast for the last time at the Royal International Air Tattoo

Jets from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, which is based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, met with the distinctive Cold War aircraft over the skies of Gloucestershire to mark the Vulcan's final flying season.

The Vulcan, XH558, is the last airworthy example of the UK's famous V-Force fleet and the delta-winged aircraft will not take to the skies again after 2015.

To salute the remarkable former RAF bomber, the Red Arrows performed a flypast with the Vulcan in front of tens of thousands of people at the Royal International Air Tattoo, at RAF Fairford.

The Red Arrows' nine British-built Hawk jets made a V-shape in front of XH558, which is operated by the charity Vulcan to the Sky Trust.

Tourists get a taste of Red Arrows thrill

Tourists can now get a taste of life as a red arrows pilot.

A new ride based on the famous Lincolnshire display team has just opened letting riders experience at least a third of the G-forces that Red One and his team mates face during displays.

The new £2 million white-knuckle attraction is 72 feet high and will take thrill seekers on a 360 degree tour of the skies.

Paul Crone's been along for the ride:

Flintoff set for Whitby raft race

Former England cricket all-rounder Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff is set to swap the crease for a taste of high seas adventure when he is expected to take part in a raft race at this weekend's Whitby Regatta.

The 36-year-old, who retired from international Test cricket five years ago, is filming a series for Sky1 called "Flintoff: Lord of the Flies", in which he and a friend tour the country in an eco-friendly mobile fish and chip van and take part in local events.

Thousands of visitors are expected in Whitby for the three day regatta, which begins on Saturday. The raft race, which is held in the harbour, is at 4pm, on Saturday. The Red Arrows are scheduled to fly their aerobatic display at 6.30pm on Sunday.


Brian Cox becomes patron of late Red Arrow's charity

Brian Cox

The television scientist, Brian Cox, has become a patron at The Jon Egging Trust - a charity named after a Red Arrow pilot who died in 2011.

Flt Lt Jon Egging was killed when his jet crashed at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Jon Egging

The Trust was set up to realise his dream of helping young people to overcome adversity and work towards their ambitions.

Professor Brian Cox said:

"I am delighted to become a Patron of the Jon Egging Trust, and I strongly support the amazing work the charity does to help young people move forward in their lives.

"Inspiring and enthusing the next generation to be the best they can be is something I’m passionate about, and I believe that the worlds of aviation, engineering and science together can do that.

"I look forward to helping the Trust to expand nationwide and reach as many young people as possible.”

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