Red Arrows fly aerobatics of a different color

Seattle’s Museum of Flight may have put a Blue Angels jet on a pedestal, but today it rolled out the red carpet for a military aerobatic team of a different color: the Red Arrows of Britain’s Royal Air Force.

“They’re the best,” said Stephen Williams, a visitor from Horsham in southern England who was among the roughly 300 spectators and VIPs who turned out this morning to watch the Red Arrows arrive. “Your Blue Angels … they’re OK.”

Red wasn’t the only color in the Arrows’ quiver: As they made their photo-op rounds over downtown Seattle and Boeing Field, the pilots’ BAE Hawk T1 trainer jets released contrails of red, white and blue — the hues of the Union Jack as well as the Stars and Stripes.

Today’s one-day stopover was mostly aimed at showing the colors and refueling the planes, between last weekend’s performance at the Oregon International Air Show in McMinnville and a series of events starting Sept. 24 in Vancouver, B.C., which is the next stop in the Red Arrows’ grueling two-month North America tour.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

One reply on “Red Arrows fly aerobatics of a different color”

Fantastic!!! I am a 3rd generation pilot, and a horseshoer. I worked for many years in Hawaii, shoeing horses there, flying back and forth between California and Oahu/Molokai. One day, while working on a large (and sometimes quite difficult) Warmblood mare, I was greeted to the sound of a low-fling jet aircraft. I ran to the railing to see one of three Blue Angels do a low pass above the mountains of Manawili, windward side, Oahu. I even caught one on my camera! To my great surprise, the mare never wavered. Her owner later told me, in local sing-song speech, “Oh — Santi Mare knows all about the Blue Angels. They come to Hawaii every few years, and she’s heard them before.” Who would have known??? Dawn

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