After successfully attracting funding from Pepsi, the famous Red Arrows are to be painted Blue.
The Ministry of Defence said previously that it remains “committed to supporting the Red Arrows” despite a recent report suggesting that it can no longer afford to finance the Royal Air Force’s aerobatic display team.
The Red Arrows were recently “saved from the axe”, but a senior defence source told The Express here that the “clock is ticking” for the display team to find more funding.
The source said:
“Given the financial challenges which the RAF and, indeed, all services are facing, and anticipating no sudden upsurge in budget, funding the team is becoming challenging to the point that we must consider either finding a new, additional and substantial stream of income or letting go.”
That funding source has, finally, been found.
A statement from Pepsico reads:
“Pepsi is trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly we are delighted to be able to announce out partnership with the Royal Air Force in order to fund the newly created ‘Blue Arrows’.”
The team is currently based at RAF Scampton and once that closes they will move to RAF Waddington.
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