The Red Arrows Headlining the Airshow on Saturday 28 July at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune are the exhilarating Red Arrows! Seven Red Arrows for East Fortune To prepare for a busy 2012 season, the Red Arrows complete two months pre-season training in Cyprus - they will have performed for two months before their display over East Fortune and Red 10 their Road Manager will be providing specialist commentary throughout their display. Find out about their pre-season training in Cyprus here. National Museums Scotland is not responsible for the content of this video but it has been selected as it is relevant to the National Museum of Flight. Birth of the Red Arrows The 1950s and 1960s were the heyday of the RAF aerobatic display teams. By the mid-1960s almost every RAF Flying Training School had their own teams and the RAF decided to form a single, full-time processional team. In 1964 the Red Pelicans flying six Jet Provost T MK4s became the first team to represent the RAF as a whole. In the same year a team of five yellow Folland Gnat jet trainers, known as Yellowjacks was formed at RAF Valley in North Wales. Subsequently the two teams merged to form the Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Airforce Aerobatic Team, based at RAF Fairford. The name the Red Arrows was chosen to combine the appeal and expertise of two earlier teams, the famous Black Arrows and the Red Pelicans. Arrival of the Hawk T1 The dual control BAE Systems Hawk T1 is the Royal Air Force’s advanced trainer, and has been used by the Red Arrows since 1979, replacing the Folland Gnat. The aircraft are essentially the same as those flown by Advanced Flying Training students at RAF Valley, with the exception of smoke generation modifications and a slightly uprated engine which gives a faster response time. The smoke generation system pumps diesel mixed with coloured dye into the jet exhaust to produce the colourful vapour trails that the Red Arrows are famous for. These trails are used mainly for flight safety reasons so the pilots can judge wind speed and direction whilst performing their displays. However, the effects of the trails also look good, enhancing the show for the audience on the ground. Please note all information is correct at the time of publishing. Flights and timings are subject to change, prevailing weather conditions and operational requirements. Airshow tickets Tickets can be purchased from 10am on entry Family: £45 Adult: £19 Adult conc: £17 Child (5+): £10 - children aged 0-4 are free Car park: £4 Programme:£4.50 Related pages Sea King Tiger Moth RV8tors Great War Display Team OH-6 P 51 Mustang Avro Anson Jungmann Watch the Red Arrows on their return journey from Cyprus. Hawk T1 fact file Crew: 2, student and instructor Max speed: 1028 km/h Length: 12.43m Wingspan: 9.94m Height: 3.98m Powerplant:1 × Rolls-Royce Adour turbofan with FADEC External Links RAF Red Arrows Display Pilots Support Team Red 10 All Red Arrows images © MOD Crown Copyright.