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Red Arrow pilot tweets cockpit view of Nato flypast

This is the view from one of the Red Arrows cockpits as they flew in diamond formation over the Nato summit in south Wales.

Red Arrows streak across sky over Nato summit

Delegates at the Nato summit in Wales have been tweeting pictures of the RAF Red Arrows flypast this morning.

The formation followed aircraft from eight other Nato member states.


Royals watch Trooping the Colour fly-past

The royal family gathered on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch the traditional RAF flypast marking the Queen's official birthday.

The Queen is surrounded by her family during the fly-past Credit: PA

Among the 28 aircraft which buzzed over the Palace were Spitfires and a Lancaster bomber of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and a DC3 Dacota with D-Day stripes.

The historical planes were followed by modern Typhoon fighter jets, the Red Arrows aerobatic team and the RAF's largest transport aircraft, Voyager.

Red Arrows celebrate 50th birthday with makeover

The Red Arrows are marking their 50th anniversary with a redesign.

The aircraft will keep their famous red and white fuselage, with the addition of a new tail design in styled like a Union flag.

The team says the redesigned tailfin reflects "the very British soul of the Red Arrows" Credit: SAC Craig Marshall (RAF)/MoD/Crown copyright/PA Wire

The team say the new design reflects the Red Arrows' role as ambassadors for the UK and as the public face of the RAF.

Squadron Leader Jim Turner said the tail redesign was chosen as the repainting the entire aircraft would be too expensive.

The Red Arrows putting on a display in 2013 Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The fin depicts the outlines of the Gnat jets that the team originally flew, and the current BAE Systems Hawk design.

The team's 2014 display season runs from the end of May until the close of September, during which it expects to complete 85 displays in nine countries.

Father pays emotional tribute to Red Arrows pilot

The father of a Red Arrows pilot killed after he ejected from his aircraft while on the ground has paid an emotional tribute to him as an inquest into his death drew to a close.

Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham, 35, was killed after he was ejected from his Hawk T1 aircraft while on the ground at RAF Scampton and propelled 220ft in the air in November 2011.

Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham died in November 2011. Credit: PA Wire

Speaking after the narrative verdict was delivered, Jim Cunningham said: "Our son Sean died aged 35 doing what he loved, which was flying with the Red Arrows.

"From the age of 17, he had wanted nothing more than to join the Royal Air Force and serve his country, which he did with utmost pride and sense of duty. He served a number of tours in Iraq flying Tornados in close air support of coalition forces.

"Sean's death was a tragedy which we hope the evidence revealed in this inquest will help to avoid in the future. We welcome the conclusions of the coroner, which confirm what we knew all along, which is that Sean was blameless and his tragic death was preventable.

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