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[BOOK] Evolution of the Red Arrows — illustrated history of all the colour schemes and making variations (1964-2014)

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:38 pm
by u2fly
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RCLibrary. wrote: An illustrated history of all the colour schemes and making variations, Gnats and Hawks, 1964-2014. Produced by the Aerobatic Display Teams Special Interest Group of IPMS(UK), the International Plastic Modellers Society. Commemorating the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team's 50th Display Season, 2014.

Compilation, design and all original artwork by Gary Siddall, Aerobatic Display Teams SIG Leader.

Direct submission to RCLibrary.
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Re: [BOOK] Evolution of the Red Arrows — illustrated history of all the colour schemes and making variations (1964-2014)

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:11 pm
by Welshy
That top Gnat is a Yellowjack not a Red Arrow. Whilst commonly misconceived that they became the Reds this is incorrect, they were completely dispanded and replaced by the Reds.....

Re: [BOOK] Evolution of the Red Arrows — illustrated history of all the colour schemes and making variations (1964-2014)

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:01 pm
by u2fly
Welshy wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:11 pm
That top Gnat is a Yellowjack not a Red Arrow. Whilst commonly misconceived that they became the Reds this is incorrect, they were completely dispanded and replaced by the Reds.....
Red Arrows team firstly equipped with Yellowjacks' Gnats in "yellow paint scheme" and only later it was repainted to "red paint scheme with arrows".
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Initially, they were equipped with seven Folland Gnat trainers inherited from the RAF Yellowjacks display team.
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In 1964, all the RAF display teams were amalgamated, as it was feared pilots were spending too much time practising formation aerobatics rather than operational training. The new team name took the word "red" from the fact that the Yellowjacks' planes had been painted red (for safety reasons, as it was a far clearer and more visible colour in the sky) and "arrows" after the Black Arrows; the official version, however, is that the red was a tribute to the Red Pelicans.
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Wikipedia wrote: ...
It was also thought that the team had maverick instincts, and needed to be brought into the mainstream so the team was officially reformed, in 1965, as The Red Arrows. The Red Arrows continued flying the Gnat until 1979 when it was superseded by the British Aerospace Hawk for the 1980 season.
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Re: [BOOK] Evolution of the Red Arrows — illustrated history of all the colour schemes and making variations (1964-2014)

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:27 pm
by Welshy
No the Yellowjack's aircraft were painted Red at the amalgamation of all RAF Aerobatic Teams to purely the Royal Air Force Aerobatics Team, they were yet to be named the Red Arrows. The Red part came from the fact that red aircraft are easier to spot against the sky (the RAF trialled many colours, including bright pink!). They then came up with arrows quite obviously from the previous Black Arrows, who were one of the teams amalgamated with the Yellowjacks to form the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team. At this point, they were yet to be called the Red Arrows, but it's same team different nickname.

Re: [BOOK] Evolution of the Red Arrows — illustrated history of all the colour schemes and making variations (1964-2014)

Posted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:46 am
by Flake
So Welshy does sort of live in the UK, I trust he is correct on this matter.