Red Arrows take off for 50th display season

Red Arrows in full flight over Lincolnshire Credit: Steve Drew/Press Association Images

The Red Arrows have taken off from their Lincolnshire base destined for Cyprus to complete training for their 50th display season.

For the next eight weeks the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team will operate from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus as the pilots practice their display ahead of the 2014 season.

They will take to the skies three times a day, five days a week to perfect their performance with the islands location guaranteeing better flying conditions.

"First and foremost it gives us very good weather. It's on a peninsula so you're surrounded by the ocean on three different headings.

You have got fantastic different displays sites too, that give you different weather conditions during the day. So this allows us to fly in good weather and really get the show as polished as it needs to be."

Squadron Leader, Jim Turner, Red Arrows