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Stornoway Port to host The Red Arrows to celebrate 150th Anniversary

26 May 2015

Stornoway Port Authority is pleased to confirm the Red Arrows Display, which will take place on Monday 29th June 2015. The Red Arrows have been invited by Stornoway Port Authority to celebrate its 150th Anniversary this year. Royal Air Force annually receives 200-300 applications for their displays, so the successful locations are very carefully selected. Stornoway has been chosen as a preferred destination for the Red Arrows this year among over 60 RAF shows scheduled this year and will follow the RAF shows in France, Weston-Super-Mare, Glamorgan and Cumbria. The display, which will be very widely covered by media representatives from all over the UK, is considered as a very effective way of promoting and marketing Stornoway Port, the town and the Western Isles. Local press will be also invited for a briefing with RAF on the day. 

The display, which was officially confirmed on Monday 16th March 2015 with the RAF Squadron Leader and Event Director will involve 9 Royal Air Force jets and will commence at 5pm, at Stornoway Airport on Monday 29th June. The display will be open to all members of public. Stornoway Port Authority will also encourage visiting Cruise Liners in port at the time of the display to participate and enjoy this very rare event (the last RAF display in Stornoway took place 14 years ago).

Stornoway Port Authority will publish further information regarding the show on their website in due course: www.stornowayportauthority.com

The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, is the aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force based at RAF Scampton. The team was formed in late 1964 as an all-RAF team, replacing a number of unofficial teams that had been sponsored by RAF commands. The Red Arrows badge shows the aircraft in their trademark diamond nine formation, with the motto Éclat, a French word meaning "brilliance" or "excellence". Initially, they were equipped with seven Folland Gnat trainers inherited from the RAF Yellow jacks display team. This aircraft was chosen because it was less expensive to operate than front-line fighters.

In their first season, they flew at 65 shows across Europe. In 1966, the team was increased to nine members, enabling them to develop their Diamond Nine formation. In late 1979, they switched to the BAE Hawk trainer. The Red Arrows have to date performed over 4,500 displays in 55 countries worldwide. In 2014, The Red Arrows celebrated 50 years of Aerobatic history as a display team returning to RAF Fairford for the Royal International Air Tattoo. For the entirety of the 2014 display season, the aircraft carried special 50th Anniversary markings on their tails instead of just the red, white and blue stripes.

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 29th June 2015!

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