The Red Arrows have unveiled a new tail fin design to mark their 50th display season.
The new Union flag livery is the most significant change to the look of the Red Arrows their history. Their Hawk jets will bear the new design through out the 2014 flying season. The new design was unveiled as the aerobatics team’s leader said he hoped the Red Arrows could move on from the deaths of two pilots who were killed in accidents in 2011.
Sqn Ldr Jim Turner, team leader and call sign Red 1, said: “The team have been trying to put that behind us for two and half years.
“We haven’t been able to do that until the end of the inquest. Those terrible accidents were nothing to do with display flying or how the Red Arrows operated. They happened two and half, nearly three years ago. It is a new team, new procedures, new personnel. We want to put all that behind us, we really want to get on with the job of inspiring the British public.”
Sqn Ldr Turner also helped choose the new tail fin design. He said: “I wanted a design created that reflected the very British soul of the Red Arrows while keeping it simple and achievable in terms of both time and cost. Repainting the entire aircraft would have taken too long and been too costly and I think the balance has been struck perfectly.”