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Stamp issue marks Red Arrows’ 50th season

Red Arrows over Douglas bay

Red Arrows over Douglas bay

The Red Arrows Royal Air Force (RAF) Display Team provided its customary spectacular displays in Ramsey and Douglas during TT week.

The team was celebrating its 50th display season and formations included its trademark diamond and swan among others.

Prior to the Douglas bay display on Thursday evening, Red Arrows squadron leader Mike Ling (Red 10) and the team’s technical director who is an avid stamp collector visited the Isle of Man Post Office’s TT shop at the Grandstand in Douglas.

A special collector’s item six stamp set marking the Red Arrows’ 50th display season has been released, featuring icons of the team and photos of them in action over the Isle of Man.

The team’s opening season was in 1965 when the Red Arrows performed at a media event at RAF Little Rissington on May 6.

The team is made up of 120 people, including pilots, engineers and essential support staff.

Based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, the team, has flown more than 4,500 displays. All nine Red Arrows display pilots are fast jet pilots from frontline Royal Air Force squadrons.

 

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