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.. the bigger their toys.

Those who may be familiar with my posts, will know clouds and aircraft are quite an enthusiasm of mine.

These combined spectacularly at Whitby Regatta this last weekend, when the Red Arrows made an appearance on what was almost too cloudy an occasion for their display.

As it was they had to reduce the aerobatics they were able to perform, but luckily found space enough for this dramatic move where the singleton approaches the five oncoming aircraft head on and then rises up vertically through their smoke. They cross in what seems like certain suicide, only feet apart. The commentator did mention their name for this manouevre, but it eacapes me.

The Red Arrows are nine front line pilots in the RAF, usually on a three year stint with the team. This current group includes their first female member. At all UK airshows, no display flights are allowed to fly over the onlooking crowd, except this one team. They start their display by approaching the crowd from behind, flying over their heads at what seems like zero feet, thus making a very dramatic entrance.

If you have not seen them at least once, it is worth an effort to do so. Once you have seen them, the other occasions somehow follow automatically !


PS I have posted a large version, but cropped as it is to a third of the original, the TE restrictions then really render it useless, but I include it for those interested. It does show one or two dirt spots, otherwise invisible !

PPS The horizon is just visible at the very bottom of the picture, so you can see a lot of their flying is done at very low level.

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