Red Arrows wow Barry in penultimate visit to Wales

The Red Arrows at Barry Island (Image: Philip Dawson)The Red Arrows at Barry Island (Image: Philip Dawson)

The Royal Air Force aerobatics display team, The Red Arrows, wowed crowds on Barry Island yesterday.

Despite weather looking questionable, hundreds turned out for the display which was organised by Barry Tourist Railway and was the penultimate display in Wales for the 2017 Red Arrows, their final one being at Rhyl Airshow on the 26th & 27th August.

The Red Arrows at Barry Island (Image: Philip Dawson)

The Red Arrows at Barry Island (Image: Philip Dawson)

The Red Arrows, who still use the BAe Systems Hawk T1 aircraft showed the crowd why they are considered the best air display team in the world with precision flying and heart-stopping passes.

The Red Arrows at Barry Island (Image: John Moore)

The Red Arrows at Barry Island (Image: John Moore)

The bright red jets had spent the night at Cardiff Airport on Saturday having arrived from a display in Northern Ireland.

The Red Arrows at Barry Island (Image: John Moore)

The Red Arrows at Barry Island (Image: John Moore)

The BAe Systems Hawk is synonymous with Wales as it is the RAF’s Fast Jet Trainer used by the Fast Jet Training squadron at RAF Valley on Anglesey. The Hawk T1 was recently replaced at Valley by the latest Hawk T2 after 40 years in service. During the 2017 Eisteddford, Hawks from RAF Valley will be relocating to Llanbedr.

The Red Arrows at Barry Island (Image: Philip Dawson)

The Red Arrows at Barry Island (Image: Philip Dawson)

The Red Arrows are expected to have their Hawk T1 aircraft replaced by 2020 although no decision has been made about what type will replace them.

The Red Arrows at Barry Island (Image: Philip Dawson)

The Red Arrows at Barry Island (Image: Philip Dawson)

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) Team from St Athan also got in on the air action posting this view from above on Twitter

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Nick Harding
Nick is the senior reporter and editor at Aviation Wales as well as working freelance elsewhere. He has his finger firmly on the pulse on Aviation, not only in Wales but worldwide. Nick has been asked to speak in a professional capacity on LBC, Heart and other broadcast networks.

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