New Stamps Released to Celebrate 60th Season of the Red Arrows

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New Stamps Released to Celebrate 60th Season of the Red Arrows

A set of “striking” new stamps have been released to mark the milestone 60th display season of the Red Arrows, the Royal Mail announced today. The iconic aerobatics display team is commemorated with eight new stamps featuring their signature red, white, and blue trails in the sky.

Iconic Performances Captured

In addition to the main set, an additional sheet of four stamps depicts the Red Arrows‘ breathtaking performances above famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids of Egypt, and Niagara Falls.

New Stamps Released To Celebrate 60th Season Of The Red Arrows
New Stamps Released To Celebrate 60th Season Of The Red Arrows

History of the Red Arrows

The Red Arrows, officially known as the Red Arrows aerobatic team, was established in 1964. Their first display took place seven months later, and they have since become the showpiece of the Royal Air Force (RAF). Initially flying red-painted Gnat jet trainers, the team transitioned to BAE Systems Hawks in 1980.

Based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, the Red Arrows had performed nearly 5,000 displays in 57 countries by early 2024. Renowned for its trademark Diamond Nine formation, the team showcases exceptional close formations and precision flying.

Comments from Royal Mail and Red Arrows

David Gold, Royal Mail’s Director of External Affairs and Policy, said: “During important national celebrations such as His Majesty’s Coronation, and representing the UK globally, the Red Arrows have entertained us with spectacular displays of aeronautical excellence. We are proud to mark their 60th season with these striking new stamps.”

Squadron Leader Jon Bond, team leader of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team for 2024 and flying as Red 1, added: “This milestone season underscores the excellence, dedication and pride of all those who have worked for, supported, or just simply watched a show by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team across the last 60 seasons. These new stamps – many of which feature brilliant images taken by skilled RAF personnel – will hopefully inspire many more people using the wonder of aviation, just like each of our colourful, dynamic displays.”

Availability

The stamps, along with a range of collectable products, are available starting today. For those interested in celebrating the legacy of the Red Arrows, these stamps serve as a perfect tribute to the team’s storied history and ongoing excellence.

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