posted on Feb, 16 2017 @ 08:01 AM
So this has been in the news for a few months now but seen nothing on here about it and wondered what you guys think about it.
The defence secretary, Michael Fallon, said the internationally famous unit would continue for years to come. Fallon said: “The Red Arrows are
going to be here to stay for a while yet. They are a key part of our defence engagement, as we call it, around the rest of the world, and I don’t
think the public would let us lose the Red Arrows.” He made the announcement on Tuesday as the aerobatic team performed in a public display in China
for the first time as part of a 60-day world tour aiming to promote “the best of British”. The display, on the opening day of Airshow China in
Zhuhai, takes the number of countries the team has performed in since 1965 to 57. The Red Arrows fly BAE Systems Hawk T1 jets, from RAF Scampton, in
Lincolnshire, where they have been based since 2001. Their planes can reach a top speed of just over 600mph and the team can fly as low as 30 metres
(100ft) from the ground.
The possible replacement aircraft suggested to replace the T'1s are:
1)BEA Hawk t2
(essentially the same as a t1 but with a glass cockpit similar in layout to the Eurofighter.)
this is my bet and is favored by the current red arrows leader,
2) Eurofighter tranche 1
( the RAF has 12 in storage and preserved, however, more recently it has said in time of need these might be made available for uk air defense so
maybe these are already earmarked)
have to admit these would look pretty damn cool! however, would go aginst tradition of using training aircraft
3 ) 'Shorts' Tucanu
( The Tucano T1 is a modded version of the Brazilian Embraer EMB-312 Tucano aircraft is built under license by Shorts of Belfast)
I for one would prefer they stuck to jets but I do see why these might make sense financially.
4 )alpha jet ( The Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet is a light attack jet and advanced trainer aircraft co-manufactured by Dassault Aviation of France and
Dornier Flugzeugwerke of Germany. Wikipedia)
I dont see this happening as the RAF don't field the alpha jet so this would go against tradition of using RAF aircraft
what do you think?
what would you propose?
Id love to have seen them use the harrier force imagine the extra dimension that would have added to displays, but i fear its far too late for them!