The History of the
The first formation flights ever started in 1920 when 3
Gloster "Gladiator" airplanes formed a squadron in Hendon in the United
In the fifties the "Black Arrows", a formation consisting of 9 black colored
Hawker Hunter Mk. 58 jets came up and participated at some events in the UK like at the
Farnborough Airshow 1958.
The today world famous "Red Arrows" were formed in 1964 using 5 Folland Gnat
aircraft and soon the team became a popular sight at many airshows in Europe. Only a few
years later 4 more jets joined the Reds.
In 1980 the Gnat airplanes were replaced by the trainer'Hawk' which can still be
admired at about 80 demonstrations every year.
Today the Red Arrows are one of the best display teams worldwide!