Although they are officially part of the UK’s military forces they represent far more than just military might. They display the very best of training, discipline, bravery, skill, spectacle and engineering.
Wherever they appear – and they fly at airshows all over the world – they are invariably top of the bill and normally leave all other displays looking ordinary, while the crowds cry out for more.
I travelled to see them fly in the Southend Festival Of The Air back in May of this year and I was left spellbound and open mouthed by the show they put on.
The article in the Independent asks why middle England can’t get enough of them but it is not a matter of class, for they transcend those barriers.
They are simply the best ambassadors this country could possibly send to demonstrate the very best that the UK has to offer the world!
More pictures of the Red Arrows and others displays at The Southend Festival Of The Air can be viewed here.