After successfully attracting funding from Pepsi, the famous Red Arrows will 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 our partnership with the Royal Air Force in order to fund the newly created ‘Blue Arrows’.” 

Congratulations, and thank you for reading the whole article; this is just an April Fools Day joke. The article above is not true, and if anyone is sharing it after April 1st, please remind them of that fact.

The purpose of this article, aside from our usual April Fool’s Day joke, is to make the point that reading beyond the headline should be the norm every day, not just on the 1st of April. There’s a large volume of misinformation online. Make sure you don’t add to it by sharing articles without reading them. Finally, be careful of the person sharing this article after the 1st of April as they very clearly don’t read what they share.

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Barry Larking
Barry Larking (@guest_807351)
2 months ago

It’s 1st April.

SailorBoy (@guest_807357)
2 months ago

Didn’t they do this last year?

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_807439)
2 months ago
Reply to  SailorBoy

Yes, another repeat! The one that first had me in stitches, and also a rerun, was the Tridents being paraded through Edinburgh. I’d love it if they did, actually, but down the Mall during Trooping the Colour. Just to see and read the reaction of the self loathers would be priceless.

AlexS (@guest_807362)
2 months ago

An excellent series for 1 April. Congrats.

Steve (@guest_807380)
2 months ago

I know this is an April’s fools joke, but when you think about it why not get some corporate sponsorship for the red arrows, although maybe go for cola or another firm that has a red brand.

If the government isn’t going to fund the miltary to a proper level, then why not find alternative funding models to help.

dc647 (@guest_807384)
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve

You mean coke cola. Cola is not the brand Coke or Pepsi

lonpfrb (@guest_807982)
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Britvic of Chelmsford Essex are the bottling partner for PepsiCo Inc however the supermarkets who dominate their sales don’t allow surplus profits for sponsorship sadly.
We’ve had Red, and Blue might do.
White, not so much for display use.

Several RWB Union Flag liveries have been made so perhaps an easy choice suitable for display too ..

dc647 (@guest_807382)
2 months ago

Get coke cola to sponsor them then they can keep the red. Enough of the April fool stories one or two might be funny but is it 4 or 5 now

D.Roberts (@guest_807387)
2 months ago
Reply to  dc647

It’s after midday, jokes on them

Frank62 (@guest_807427)
2 months ago

Looks quite good. Up to your old tricks eh george? Thanks for all you do.

David A
David A (@guest_807446)
2 months ago

It’s sponsored by Hammerite. Not Pepsi! Pilots have been reporting jamming of controls and excess take-off weight!

MrSatyre (@guest_807467)
2 months ago

This post gave me the blues.

GlynH (@guest_807493)
2 months ago

The ‘pepsico’ logo needs tilting slightly, its off-straight with fuselage 🙂

Shaun (@guest_807494)
2 months ago

Bugger, you got me with this one!

DMJ (@guest_807554)
2 months ago

Quite like the colour change idea actually, as the Reds have been the same shade for 60 years.

Grizzler (@guest_807590)
2 months ago

Not as good a wheeze as the article about the £500 million Watchkeeper drones recently procured not operating in bad weather due to the MoD ‘modifications’.
What a brilliant April fools joke that was- clever because it was almost believable….