Red Arrows touch down in China on world tour

Red Arrows arriving at Zhuhai Airport in China, ahead of their first-ever air display in the country. SAC Adam Fletcher/RAF/Ministry of Defence/Crown Copyright/PA Wire Image copyright PA
Image caption This is the first time the Red Arrows have visited China in their 51 year history

The Red Arrows have arrived in China for their first air display in the country.

The acrobatic display team, based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, are taking part in a 60-day tour to promote the "best of British".

The team are to take part in Airshow China in Zhuhai, in the southern province of Guangdong, in November.

The tour has already taken the display team to the Middle East, India and Pakistan.

Welcoming the team to China, the British ambassador Dame Barbara Woodward said: "The team is renowned for excellence - its impressive displays and world-leading skills represent the best of British innovation."

Wing Commander Martin Higgins, officer commanding, said the group was honoured to have been invited to perform at Airshow China.

He added: "I hope the many thousands of people attending the event will enjoy the Red Arrows' precision flying, aerobatics and demonstration of the best of British in the air and on the ground."

In addition to performing, the team will also be visiting schools and universities.

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History of the Red Arrows

  • 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 56 countries, including a recent first display in Kuwait.

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