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The Red Arrows Swap Hawk for a Jumbo

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The    Red Arrows    will join forces    with a specially decorated    British Airways 747 at the   Royal International Air Tattoo on Saturday, July 20.

The    special    Boeing 747    has been painted    in the airline’s predecessor    British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)    livery to mark British Airways’ centenary    this year.

 Senior    First Officer    Tom Perrins will    be at the controls,    while Captain Richard Allen-Williams    will be in command of the aircraft    and they will be joined on the flight    deck by Captain Simon Scholey and Captain Jonny Lutton.

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The    aircraft    is set to    depart Heathrow   at 11.10am, then    meet the reds above    RAF Norton, before they    head to the air show over    for the fly-past at 12.15pm.

   The    pilots   have been    preparing for    the joint fly-past    and took to the simulators    to finalise their route and profile.

Team    Leader,   Martin Pert,    who is Red 1,    said: “Given the weight    of the aircraft it’s a   completely different beast to the    hawk so I think we’d need some    extra training should we be joining   British Airways. We didn’t make a complete    mess of the landings, but I don’t think   the customers would be too happy. Flying alongside    British Airways at RIAT is going to be a hugely pivotal    moment for the Red Arrows. It’s two best of British icons, collaborating    together at the biggest air show in the UK.”

The    airline    has a long    history of displaying    in the Air Tattoo and    first joined the flying programme    in 1985 when Concorde and the Red   Arrows flew together in a dramatic display.    In the early 2000s several British Airways 747s    and 777s performed a fly past, and in 2013,   the airline performed with the Red Arrows once again,    to the delight of the large Air Tattoo crowd.

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