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Red Arrows complete 'Best of British' world tour

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image captionThe Red Arrows left their base at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire on 29 September

The Red Arrows aerobatic display team has completed a 60-day world tour, which included its first ever public display in China.

As part of the "Best of British" tour, the team performed in parts of the Middle East, India and Pakistan.

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

The Lincolnshire-based team has released cockpit footage shot in China and Oman.

media captionTake a flight with the Red Arrows as the team performs a corkscrew manoeuvre in Oman

The Red Arrows said one of the highlights of the tour was the opportunity to display in China at the airshow in Zhuhai.

The tour also saw the team - who have now performed more than 4,500 displays - perform in Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.

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image captionThe team's route took them through France, Greece (pictured) and Cyprus
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image captionAlong the way, the team performed in Karachi, Pakistan
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image captionThe team tweeted about "some serious cumulonimbus clouds" en-route to India
media captionThe aerobatic team in action at its first public display in China
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image captionThe Reds performed a joint flypast with aircraft from the Royal Bahraini Air Force
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image captionThe display team reached speeds of 350 mph (563 km/h) while performing along the promenade of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates
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image captionPeople lined beaches in Muscat, Oman, to watch a display by the Red Arrows
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image captionThe team completed the tour with a display in Kuwait on Tuesday
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image captionThe Red Arrows have now performed more than 4,500 displays in 57 countries

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

Related Topics

  • Kuwait
  • China
  • Oman
  • Red Arrows
  • Royal Air Force
  • Pakistan
  • RAF Scampton
  • Bahrain

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