You just could'nt make it up The Red Arrows could be forced to stop using red, white and blue smoke in their aerobatic displays to reduce costs. RAF chiefs ordered to cut millions from their budgets proposed saving Â£500,000 a year by restricting 'The Reds' to cheaper white smoke. But ministers realised the plans would be a public relations disaster and ordered a rethink. However, sources fear it is inevitable that the dyes will go as the Red Arrows are forced to cut their costs of up to Â£30million a year. The MoD admitted there had been proposals to scrap the red and blue smoke but insisted the plan had been shelved. The news came after it emerged that all military parachute training could be stopped for four years to fill a Â£1billion black hole in the Army's budget. Coloured trails have been a Red Arrows trademark since they formed in 1965. People all over the world watch their breathtaking stunts as the nine jets crisscross the sky 6ft apart at 400mph, trailing Union Jack colours. To create the smoke, diesel is sprayed into the Hawk jets' exhaust plumes, where it vaporises into white gas. This is vital for safety as it helps pilots pick out other planes quickly. But the red and blue smoke use costly specialist dyes, extra tanks and hydraulic nozzles. The team's base at the Central Flying School in Cranwell, Lincolnshire, faces cuts next year. An insider said: 'The coloured smoke is expensive so we suggested making do with white. The political embarrassment was deemed too great - this time, at least. Next year we'll have to come up with more savings and the question will rear its head again.' Shadow Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: 'Gordon Brown's lack of understanding of the traditions of our Forces knows no bounds.' Thought they had gone back to Scampton?