Royal Air Force (Red Arrows) in formation with the French Air Force (Patrouille de France)
to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Concorde at the RIAT 2019, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)
The Supersonic airliner was a joint Anglo-French project and carried out UK test flying from Fairford, so it was very appropriate that the national display teams from the two countries join together over Fairford, each in "Concorde" formation, to create a one-off 'Double Concorde'.
The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, is the aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force based at RAF Scampton. The team was formed in late 1964 as an all-RAF team, replacing a number of unofficial teams that had been sponsored by RAF commands. The Red Arrows have a prominent place in British popular culture, with their aerobatic displays a fixture of British summer events. The badge of the Red Arrows shows the aircraft in their trademark diamond nine formation, with the motto Éclat, a French word meaning "brilliance" or "excellence". Initially, they were equipped with seven Folland Gnat trainers inherited from the RAF Yellowjacks display team. This aircraft was chosen because it was less expensive to operate than front-line fighters. In their first season, they flew at 65 shows across Europe. In 1966, the team was increased to nine members, enabling them to develop their Diamond Nine formation. In late 1979, they switched to the BAE Hawk trainer.
The Patrouille Acrobatique de France, also known as the "Patrouille de France" or PAF, is the precision aerobatic demonstration unit of the French Air Force (Armée de l'Air), officially commissioned in 1953. Using the French Aerial Aerobatics unit of the French Air Force, the mission is to represent the French Air Force, and lead the ambassadorship role of French Aeronautics overseas. The Alpha Jet became the steel spear of the "Patrouille de France" in 1981 with 7 equipment. This number was increased to eight as of 1982. Each aircraft is painted blue-white-red, with the gun placement replaced with a smoke generator. Search lights are installed on the aircraft nose, and the viewfinder has been removed to improve visibility.
The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July,
usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
The show typically attracts a total of 150.000 to 160.000 spectators over the weekend.
- Matthijs van Wageningen
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- Saturday 20 July 2019
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