Red Arrows on 60-day 'Best of British' tour

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Image caption The Red Arrows will perform in China for the first time

The Red Arrows are taking part in a 60-day tour to promote the "Best of British".

They will begin with a fly past in Amman, Jordan, and go on to include displays in India, and at the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix.

The programme includes visits to 12 countries, including the Red Arrows' first display in China.

Sqd Ldr David Montenegro said he was looking forward to performing in front of a new audience.

He said it was a privilege to represent the UK and be part of the first Reds display in China.

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Image caption The aerobatic display team will take 12 Hawk T1s from their base in Lincolnshire
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Image caption They will visit 12 countries during the 60-day tour, and perform for the first time in China at the airshow in Zhuhai

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, the chief of Air Staff, said the plans had been in development since 2014.

He said: "Everyone knows the Red Arrows and we are sending that message out to the Asia-Pacific region, a region which we have not previously been to."

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Image caption The Red Arrows team was founded in 1965
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Image caption Since 1965, the Red Arrows have performed in 56 countries around the world

History of the Red Arrows

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  • The RAF had several aerobatic display teams in the 1950s and 1960s, but decided to disband them and form a single, full-time professional team
  • The name Red Arrows was chosen to combine the appeal and expertise of two earlier teams, the Black Arrows and the Red Pelicans
  • The team was founded in 1965 at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire
  • Since its formation, the team has performed more than 4,500 displays in 56 countries, including a recent first display in Kuwait.

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