Sunday, 21 August 2011
Red Arrows must fly again
It is right that the RAF has grounded all its Hawk aircraft until the cause of the tragic accident to a Red Arrow is established. However this must not be used as an excuse for the cost cutters and safety obsessives to disband the Red Arrows altogether. One Australia day c. 1995 my wife & I had the privilege of watching the Red Arrows perform over Sydney Harbour. Hundreds of thousands (well over half a million flank Sydney Harbour on that day & it's vast enough not to feel crowded!!) of God knows how many Nationalities were cheering & clapping them. We had tears rolling down our faces. Just for once one was so proud to be British and looking at sheer excellence for its own sake. We saw them again only recently over Blackpool & felt just the same.