News story: Armed Forces Day aerial spectacular

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Ministry of Defence said:
Performing in their 49th display season, the world famous RAF Aerobatic Team will kick off celebrations to mark the fifth Armed Forces Day national event.
As the main Armed Forces Day parade marches through Nottingham city centre, the Red Arrows will fly the formation shape ‘Lancaster’; named after the iconic aircraft flown by 617 Squadron during the daring Dambusters raid 70 years ago.

Red Arrows fly in the formation shape 'Lancaster' (library image) [Picture: Crown copyright]Current and historic craft from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force will fly over both the city centre, where the Armed Forces Day parade and drumhead service will take place, and over Victoria Embankment, where a whole day of entertainment and activities are being planned.
Throughout the afternoon visitors will get the chance to see a variety of aircraft in the skies, including the famous Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. From the Royal Navy Historic Flight there will be 2 Second World War aircraft, a Sea Fury and Swordfish. Representing today’s air power, RAF Typhoons and a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter, will contribute to a spectacular air show.

Rapid roping from a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter (llibrary image) [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Stuart Hill, Crown copyright]In addition, during the afternoon’s celebrations, members of the RAF Falcons parachute display team will parachute onto Victoria Embankment, mounting a colourful aerial display for which they are famous.
The Red Arrows ‘Red 1’ and team leader for the flypast, Squadron Leader Jim Turner, said:
Displaying in Nottingham on Armed Forces Day is both an honour and a pleasure for the team who are first and foremost Servicemen, all of whom have flown in operational combat tours overseas.

Members of the RAF Falcons parachute display team in action (library image) [Picture: Dave Bishop, Crown copyright]Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council added:
Nottingham is incredibly proud to host the 2013 national Armed Forces Day celebrations. Visitors will be wowed by special appearances from some very famous aircraft.
The air show is part of a spectacular programme of events and activities we’ve got planned, we hope to see people of all ages enjoying this unmissable event.

Royal Navy Historic Flight Swordfish aircraft in flight (library image) [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Abbie Herron, Crown copyright][h=3]For further information on Armed Forces Day Nottingham, and the Armed Forces Day national campaign, please visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk or the Armed Forces Day page of My Nottingham website.[/h]


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I love bling as much as the next man but these things really should go. How can we justify keeping a squadron for whizzing round at airshows when we're chopping real military capability left right and chelsea. If the defence chiefs really want to emphasise the impact of defence cuts then bye bye Red Arrows, bye bye, King's Troop and the massed bands, bye bye anything that's not main effort.
 
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I love bling as much as the next man but these things really should go. How can we justify keeping a squadron for whizzing round at airshows when we're chopping real military capability left right and chelsea. If the defence chiefs really want to emphasise the impact of defence cuts then bye bye Red Arrows, bye bye, King's Troop and the massed bands, bye bye anything that's not main effort.
those are the main effort
 
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I love bling as much as the next man but these things really should go. How can we justify keeping a squadron for whizzing round at airshows when we're chopping real military capability left right and chelsea. If the defence chiefs really want to emphasise the impact of defence cuts then bye bye Red Arrows, bye bye, King's Troop and the massed bands, bye bye anything that's not main effort.

You need to ask successive Prime Ministers, who have told CAS that even hinting at chopping the Red Arrows will be nothing more than a waste of printer ink. It appears that when it comes to the Red Arrows, the Tabloids assess that element of defence capability and their strategic direction to the PM is that the RAFAT is fundamental to the defence of the realm...

There was a thread on Pprune a while back which illustrated this - apparently, CAS had come up with some scheme to suggest that the Hawk was a perfect ground attack aircraft because of the 30mm cannon and ability to carry bombs [see Arrse, passim, 2001-whenever Magic Mushroom finally managed to kill the last proponent of the idea by highlighting why it was nonsense], so shouldn't get rid of the team.

It caused some ire amongst those making the case that keeping an aerobatic team and cutting front line capabilities was at best perverse, but it then became obvious that this supposed intervention by CAS had come about three weeks after Cameron had said that there was no way that the Red Arrows would be binned while he was Prime Minister, and there was no need for any discussion or proposals about why they should stay, becasue they were staying as long as he was in charge.* And, by the by, the story appeared about ten days after the RAF withdrew the 30mm Aden from use as well.

The suspicion was... Oh! The horror!... that the story may have been made up. We were shocked, I tell, you, shocked. Or not, since it was the Express.



* Which, on previous form, means they'll be gone by the time of the next election
 

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