September 19 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The North Sea, cliffs and blue sky provided a stunning backdrop for the highly-anticipated Red Arrows Cromer Carnival display.
With speeds of up to 850mph, the nine RAF aerobatic team jets and pilots wowed the crowds near the pier and along the clifftop with a daring 21-minute routine.
The BAE Hawk jets were flown within metres of each other near the Cromer cliffs and reached heights of 7,000ft.
They drew a large heart for the excited audience with white smoke and the display featured the popular red, white and blue smoke trails.
The Red Arrows have been putting on impressive air shows for the public over the past 50 years and have appeared at Cromer Carnival since 1980, only missing three years.
Sqn Ldr Mike Ling, Red Arrows team supervisor who was commentating the display, said: “We do a lot of big shows but Cromer Carnival is nice because it is very personal. It is the only show we are doing in Norfolk this year. Geographically Cromer is great and the crowd are very excited.
“The Red Arrows advertise Britishness. It makes people proud to be British. People can associate the Red Arrows with the fact they are being protected by the RAF.”
He added: “It is quite physical, taking part in a display. It is very rewarding and challenging. We are full of pride every time we do a performance.”
The lead pilot for today’s display was Sqn Ldr Jim Turner and each jet had a special design painted on the tail fin to mark the 50th anniversary of Red Arrows public displays.
They came from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire and last performed at Cromer in 2012.
In the 50-year history of the Red Arrows, the expert pilots have done 4,500 displays in 56 different countries.
Each pilot needs to have 1,500 hours of training before being able to fly in a show.
Carnival chairman Tony Shipp said: “It was wonderful to have the Red Arrows back. They mean so much to many people. They are a British icon. They have such a following and bring so many people into town.”
Despite the mixed weather this week all the carnival events have taken place and arena attractions were popular.
Before the Red Arrows, stunt motorbike group the Bulldog Lings FMX Team amazed the crown with stunts and the Devil’s Horsemen performed Cossack trick riding after the air show.
For full coverage and pictures of the event buy a copy of tomorrow’s EDP and for reports and pictures of the carnival so far buy tomorrow’s North Norfolk News.