There have been many influential aircraft that have been built throughout the years and some of these have paved the way for people to travel to destinations across the globe and others have played important roles in various battles. There are also those planes that have provided entertainment for people at the many air shows that take place across the country. Airplanes of all shapes and sizes are incredible feats of engineering. The many metal panels that make up the planes are created from pieces of metal that are moulded into the perfect shapes. These panels may also be coated using Plasma Spray that applies a durable and robust outer coating to the metal .This then helps the planes to withstand a number of different environmental conditions and extremes of temperatures.
The Red arrows, which use such aircraft mentioned above, are the top jet plane based aerobatics team in the world. They are based in the UK and are an official part of the Royal Air Force. All of the pilots are military trained but this is a special assignment that showcases the skill and dexterity of the abilities. They make up such a huge part of British culture they are mentioned in the same breath as Tea, the Empire and Queen Elizabeth the Second.
The team was brought together in 1964. Before then each, but not all, RAF base had its own display team. These were usually about 4 or 5 in team members. It was decided to bring the best of these teams together to form one official display group. The Ministry of Defence was worried that pilots were training too much in aerobatic displays than they were in readiness for possible military action. These included teams such as the Blue Diamonds and the Black Arrows. One of the most successful, and prominent, was the Yellowjacks. It was decided that the Folland Gnat trainer planes they used would be the appropriate aircraft. They were repainted and dubbed, The Red arrows.
Appearing at Air shows and state events, all with a distinctive red white and blue smoke coming out the tailend, they soon began to get a name for themselves as a daring team of showmen. The arrowhead and Diamond nine formation were incredibly popular highlights at displays. The most dangerous is the Chicken manoeuvre, when two planes fly directly towards each other at incredible speeds and then pull away at the last minute.