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Red Arrows on channel 5 - 'Kings Of The Sky'

Old 2nd Jan 2019, 09:04
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Red Arrows on channel 5 - 'Kings Of The Sky'

New 6-part series coming January 9th on Channel 5
Documentary series following Britain's premier flight squadron. A new team leader arrives to design and develop fresh and ambitious manoeuvres for the 2018 season. (S1 Ep 1)
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Channel 5 has commissioned ITV Studios-owned production label Shiver for a six-part doc series on aerobatic squadron the Red Arrows.The channel has ordered a 6 x 60-minute series entitled The Red Arrows: Kings Of The Sky, which is to air on 9 January at 9pm.

The Red Arrows are the world’s most renowned aerobatic display team, famous for precision flying and synchronised manoeuvres.Across the series, Channel 5 tells the story of the squadron as it creates a new display and embarks on a challenging season. The series also showcases the work of the ground crews, engineers and back room teams who help to coordinate shows. The Red Arrows: Kings of the Sky is produced and directed for Shiver by Jamie Simpson.

The series is the third military programme recently commissioned by Channel 5, following the success of Warship: Life at Sea and Raw Recruits: Squaddies at 16.Guy Davies, commissioning editor for factual at Channel 5, said: “We are incredibly proud to deliver the most in-depth documentary on the Red Arrows in a generation. We’ll get to know the cast of characters, and put Channel 5 viewers right at the heart of the action, giving them a taste of what it’s like to be in the cockpit of a jet flying complex aerobatics at 600 mph, within just six feet of its neighbour’s wing tips.”Mike Blair, exec producer at Shiver, added: “This is a series that not only showcases some of the most jaw-dropping flying and aerobatics, it also gets up close and personal to an amazing group of people, the pilots and engineers who make up the Red Arrows. They gave us 12 months of access during one of the hardest years in their history, revealing their human face as they dealt with tragedy, and their passion and professionalism in the sky and on the ground.”
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"600 mph within just six feet of its neighbour's wing tips" - is that right?
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Distance wise, yes, whilst in formation. Speed wise, no! I think they’re closer to around 360 knots

Oppostion passes are 100ft apart.

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As this is Channel 5 I assume we will be treated to the usual time wasting nonsense of them telling us what's coming up after the break, and then after the break reminding us that we are watching a programme about the Red Arrows, in case we had forgotten! If it's anything like their recent effort on the RAF's last 100 years I'm not holding out much hope.

600 mph? I doubt if their routines are done at that sort of speed, but in any case as Pure Pursuit points out its the relative speed that matters.
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All rather Channel 5...
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All rather Channel 5...
Actually, the team came over very well. Far better than previous efforts.

Well done Channel 5 (never thought I’d ever say that!).
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Actually, the team came over very well. Far better than previous efforts.
Agree 100% . Let's hope the other episodes continue in similar manner .
(poignant note ; interesting account about the collision on the opposition crossover; very lucky to have just one ejection and no fatalities . Brought back memories of my instructor on Gnats at Valley in the early '70s ( Ted G ) . Joined the Arrows shortly after and 2 jets collided doing the same type of manoeuvre during training . Sadly , Ted was one of the four who lost their lives that day)
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Really enjoyed the program - absolutely wonderful to see the wee boy who used to live next door in a red suit
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Thanks.

and some padding
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I enjoyed the programme but that last approach (at about 54 mins in) seemed to me to be extremely low and to barely reach the threshold of a very long runway. Is that a normal approach for the Red Arrows?
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All landings get low at some point!😉
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Judging by the tyre marks on the piano keys, it's a regular occurrence. Great programme.
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Having become inured to the Reds’ documentaries over the decades, with increasing apathy, I confess I enjoyed this.

Less bullsh*t and more in-depth than usual. Less diddley-up, more about the people who DO IT!

7/10 ... actually looking forward to next episodes.
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Very enjoyable programme, really looking forward to the rest of the series (and to seeing them in the flesh a few times this summer!).
One thing I thought odd though, is it normal to go from an operational squadron stright into Red 1? I assumed the new leader was taken from the existing team?
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Very enjoyable programme, really looking forward to the rest of the series (and to seeing them in the flesh a few times this summer!).
One thing I thought odd though, is it normal to go from an operational squadron stright into Red 1? I assumed the new leader was taken from the existing team?
Hadn't he been on the team fairly recently? I'm sure he features on my lads reds poster from 2016
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Most do their 3 years on the team, head off to a ‘normal’ flying role in the RAF before a select few get recalled and asked to lead the team. So yes, almost always Red 1 will come from outside the RAFAT initially although they must’ve served with the team before.

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Acres better than anything the BBC has done broadcast recently.
Mr Phantom driver: check your facts and edit your posting. Duff gen can cause distress to families.

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Quite an enjoyable programme.





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Originally Posted by Percy Cute View Post
Acres better than anything the BBC has done recently.
Mr Phantom driver: check your facts and edit your posting. Duff gen can cause distress to families.
There certainly seems to be some confusion there.

The crossover collision occurred at Kemble on Jan 20th 1971 and Ted G was not one if the four pilots lost.

I had been night flying at K very early on 20th before recovering to CFS at LR. So remember the tragedy only too well.

The backseaters were to be new team members.



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Originally Posted by Percy Cute View Post
Acres better than anything the BBC has done recently.
Mr Phantom driver: check your facts and edit your posting. Duff gen can cause distress to families.
The BBC, channel 5, C4 and ITV don't 'make' programmes like this.
The series was made by an independant production company.
It could easily have ended up on the BBC if they had chosen to pick it up.

The production values are down to the team who make it, not the broadcaster...
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