Smoke gets in your Eyes by Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©

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Taken at Dawlish, Devon, England. Air Show August 2009.
The wonderful
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, Lincolnshire, UK (soon to be RAF Waddington). They were 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 badge shows the aircraft in their trademark diamond nine formation, with the motto Éclat, meaning “brilliance” or “excellence” and sometimes “best”.

The Red Arrows were equipped with seven Folland Gnat trainers which were 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 Red Arrows have performed over 4,000 displays worldwide in 53 countries.1

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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 5 years ago

  • Sue Smith
    Sue Smithalmost 5 years ago

    Wow! Have to comment, Catherine, too good not to. Fabulous. Good luck in the challenge.

  • Many thanks Sue, much appreciated.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunalmost 5 years ago

    fabulous Catherine,great action shot x

  • Thank you very much Trudi, for your kind comment.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosalmost 5 years ago

    Great photo, Catherine!
    Very well composed.

  • thank you so much Adrian.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowalmost 5 years ago

    Exciting to view….. love formation flying…. would love to have been there!!!!
    A great capture Catherine!!!! Perfect….. you should submit it to the team!!!! Get their autographs….. :))

  • Hi Brenda thank you for your kind comment. I met a lot of the pilots from the Air Show, they came to my local pub, such nice unasuming lads plus one young lady.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 5 years ago

    Super capture Catherine …

  • thank you dear Tom.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • BarbL
    BarbLalmost 5 years ago

    Fabulous shot, Catherine! We have the “Blue Angels” here but I’ve never gotten close enough to get a good shot. I love the perfect formation….not sure how you got this shot…looks like you were right up there with them!! Great work my friend!

  • thank you so much Barb, we had a programme on TV about the Red Arrows in USA and the Blue Angels were in it.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 5 years ago

    Great capture Catherine – well done!! Been wet- now bright- love this Easter weather don’t you?? lol!

  • many thanks dear Pauline, it’s a beautiful sunny day today but a bit breezy, still its nice to see the sun.Enjoy your Easer Day.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Geoff Carpenter
    Geoff Carpenteralmost 5 years ago

    Great capture Catherine. Well done and good luck in the challenge :))x

  • Thank you so very much Geoff for your kind encouragement.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • martinilogic
    martinilogicalmost 5 years ago

    cool shot. the speed is crazy, these aces are insane

  • Many thanks Rick, they are wonderful.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

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