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Red Arrows on TV

Old 11th Nov 2008, 14:00
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Red Arrows on TV

Red Arrows on TV!
Experience the high drama of how the world famous Red Arrows prepare for the display season as the Team star in a major television show.

The pilots of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team were filmed as part of a major Five documentary series called ‘Danger Men’.

A crew from Firefly Film and Television Productions spent many weeks with the Red Arrows in the spring and summer this year. They covered the last days of the annual Exercise Springhawk in Cyprus where the Team puts the final polish on the display as they worked towards gaining Public Display Authority. They filmed the first major public appearance of the 2008 season at Southend, before joining the Team on its epic journey to Canada and show stopping performance at the Quebec Airshow.

Red 1, Wing Commander Jas Hawker, said: “Our job is not dangerous although people may think that it is. Red Arrows pilots are amongst the most highly qualified and experienced within the Royal Air Force, and safety is always of paramount importance in all that we do.”

He added: “This show gives a really good insight into our daily lives and the hard work and dedication that it takes to be part of the Team.”


The programme will be broadcast on Thursday 13th November at 9pm on Five.

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Undoubtedly, this post will draw out even more than the usual amount of knockers on here. Here we go again.....

Personally, I think that the Red Arrows do the RAF a great service, and they demonstrate the capability of the RAF to an extremely high world class standard.

I look forward to seeing this documentary.
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Undoubtedly, this post will draw out even more than the usual amount of knockers on here.
- here goes!

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Great idea for a show, but what's with the massive disconnect?

Show title: Danger Men
Marketing soundbite: "Our job is not dangerous..."
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Old 12th Nov 2008, 04:26
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Great idea for a show, but what's with the massive disconnect?

Show title: Danger Men
Marketing soundbite: "Our job is not dangerous..."
Just to get more rating.

You can do the experience yourself, film your own landing and put it on Youtube.
Add "Crash" or "Accident" into your tittle and check the amount of hit.

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Hope the Kokinelli is still 'vintage'
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Reds? Bring back the Blacks. Hunters doing a twizzle, now that I would pay see!
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Think I'll skip it, not really into golf.
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Hasn't this been done to death ? Surely the Chinooks in Afghan would be more interesting if they really wanted to see danger at work ! Personally I can think of nothing more terrifying in an aviation perspective than flying a Wokka into badlands at low level. They must make choice targets and I'm amazed that we haven't lost one ! Actually, yes I can, being flown in a Wokka - at least if you are the driver you have some say in what happens.

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Hope to see a similar ground crew routine to the Blue Angels next year from the sparrows groundies.
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Err, I think they were the Thunderbirds roadies.

Looks like the boys did you all proud in Quebec.
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Thought Red 1 played the diplomat very well when he described the T-Birds as "different".

For me, they make a lot of noise, go fast, fly close together, and that is it!
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The Thunderbirds actually did look like they had strings attached.

Thought our boys came across alright though. Duffy seems a good bloke.
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For me, they make a lot of noise, go fast, fly close together, and that is it!
Nothing like a bit of Las Vegas-style razamatazz to gee up their display.

Perhaps we could go one step further and have a troupe of cheerleaders - would the Garrison Girls be up for it?
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Shame I didn't get to see it, but another vote for the reds as being an awesome spectacle. Recently moved to aus where we have 'the raaf roulettes' (already sounds like cheerleading team ) Similar colour scheme, all very nice, but pilatus turboprops? just not the same. Not to mention NO synchro pair..
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Brilliant programme. Even my wife thought it was great! Just the right length (60 min) and easily the best team in the world as they always are. They make it look easy and other teams have always seemed quite ordinary when directly compared. Wish I'd known they were in Quebec before I paid to see them at Kemble this year!!(Just kidding). Flew as a pax with them once many years ago in the days of dear old Frank Hoare and know lots of the 'older Reds'. Must have at least a 'team' here in Cathay!
More please and well done to all concerned.
Can't be in the RAF and knock this kind of thing can you?
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Why, if part of the Reds' mandate is to aid recruitment, didn't the RAF have a few of their new ads in each of the programme breaks? The Army seemed to manage it.

Nice work by the team though. Hopefully the crowd reaction and comments by the other teams will quash the doubters as to the reason we have this team as the overtly public face of what we do. The USAF commentator was very keen to talk up his entire air force as the best in the World, using the display his team were performing to highlight the point. I don't agree with that point of view however...
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