SBT Cosford Air Show Special

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The RAF Cosford Air Show special produced by The Sandbag Times Veterans Magazine

THE RED ARROWS

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Team

What is there left to say about the Red Arrows that hasn’t been said? They are quite simply the best aerobatic display

team in the world. And for a very good reason, the selection process and demanding training schedule along with

the amazing engineers team, The Circus, ensure that only the very best will do.

Over the past few years they certainly have had their fair share of challenges, including the tragic death of Cpl Jonathan Baylis

last year at RAF Valley. Following the accident, the entire fleet of aircraft were grounded, being cleared only just days before

their display season evaluation. 2019 has also had it’s fair share of problems after Flt Lt Dave Simmonds (Red 3) broke his leg

in a football accident taking him out of the 2019 season.

The location of the Red Arrows has even been a talking point in the defence circle when it was announced by the government

that RAF Scampton will no longer be their home due to cuts. Three air bases have been identified as a potential new home

for the Red Arrows air display team. They are RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire, RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire and RAF

Wittering in Cambridgeshire. Following the announcement last July. there has been an outcry from the public to remain but as

it stands, The Reds will leave Scampton in 2022 when the base is due to close.

Regardless of tragedy, delay or just bad luck, the show goes on and the 2019 display promises to be one that viewers will

remember for the rest of their lives. Sadly, they are only performing in the UK until July where they will fly to North America

for the Western Hawk 2019 tour in the summer, expecting to arrive in Canada on August 8. The deployment, including

displays in New York, Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles, will be the largest to the region in a generation.

But they definitely will be in the skies above Cosford this year to thrill the crowds. All you need to do is listen out for Red 10’s

famous introduction.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you The Red Arrows.”

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