Red Arrows to take part in Portsmouth D-Day commemorations

The Red Arrows roar over Old Portsmouth on a previous visit to the city''Picture: Jim Sadler
The Red Arrows roar over Old Portsmouth on a previous visit to the city''Picture: Jim Sadler
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THEIR high speed displays stun crowds around the world – and now the Red Arrows are on their way back to Portsmouth.

The Royal Air Force’s aerobatic team will take part in the city’s D-Day commemorations on June 5.

There will be a number of events taking place over the week of D-Day’s 70th anniversary this year, and the Red Arrows have now confirmed their return to take part.

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, the leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘It is really good that the Red Arrows will be coming to Portsmouth for this occasion.

‘It’s a great place to see the Red Arrows on Southsea Common because you can see so very far out.

‘Historically it’s also right, because D-Day was about naval, air, and land forces working together to do the invasion.

‘Command of the skies was a crucial factor in winning the war.

‘And of course on top of that, they will put on a good show as they always do.’

The display is subject to weather and operational restrictions.

The Red Arrows recently unveiled a makeover for their aircraft to celebrate their 50th display season.

The jets have retained their famous red and white fuselage but have been given a striking new tail design, pictured right.

Shaped like the union flag, the display team said the new tail fin design reflects the best of British and emphasises the Red Arrows’ role as ambassadors for the UK.

The team originally flew Gnat jets but switched to the BAE Systems Hawk in 1980.

Designed by the Air Media Centre at RAF High Wycombe, the tail fin features outlines of both aircraft as a tribute to the team’s heritage and current operations.