The Gnat Display Team performed an exciting flypast at RAF Waddington International Air Show
On 5th July, the Gnat Display Team helped celebrate the Red Arrows 50th Display Season by performing a commemorative flypast with the Red Arrows and the Hunter Flight Academy’s Black Arrows marked Hunter.
The RAF amalgamated its display teams to create the Red Arrows in 1965. The name was taken from the Black Arrows and the Red Pelicans and the aircraft used was the Folland Gnat which had been used by the Yellowjacks. This first team consisted of seven aircraft and was based at RAF Fairford. The team increased to nine display aircraft in 1968 and the Diamond Nine became the trade mark of the team. After 1,292 displays with the Gnat, it was replaced by the BAE Systems Hawk for the 1980 season.
The Red Arrows continue to be one of the premier aerobatic teams in the world, are the public face of the Royal Air Force and are ambassadors for the United Kingdom. The Gnat Display Team were honoured to be part of the celebrations in this, the 50th Display Season of the Red Arrows.