Red Arrows aerobatic display team perform in China for first time

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Media captionThe aerobatic team in action at its first public display in China

The Red Arrows aerobatic display team has performed its first ever public display in China.

The Lincolnshire-based team is currently taking part in a 60-day world tour aiming to promote "the best of British".

The display was in front of thousands of people on the opening day of Airshow China in Zhuhai, the team said.

It takes the number of countries the team has performed in since its formation in 1965 to 57.

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Image caption The display took place on the first day of Airshow China in Zhuhai

Sqd Ldr Dave Montenegro, team leader of the RAF aerobatic team and pilot of Red 1, said: "It is a huge honour to add to the amazing number of countries in which the Red Arrows have performed by having the privilege to display in China.

"We're proud to have the opportunity to showcase the best of British to an audience who have not previously seen the team live."

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Image caption In addition to performing at the airshow, the team is also visiting schools and universities

The tour has also visited parts of the Middle East, India and Pakistan.

The China visit comes a day after Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the display team would be "around for a while yet" amid some uncertainty about their long-term future.

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Image caption The display was part of a 60-day world tour

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 and is currently based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire
  • Since its formation, the team has performed more than 4,500 displays in 57 countries

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