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The aircraft arrive at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 at RAF Fairford in battle formation before pulling up for a loop in short diamond formation. This is the teams first manoeuvre of any display, the crowd rear arrival is the only element that they are allowed to fly over the audience.

Following the arrival is a clip of the ‘Lightning Loop’, a formation shape that was flown to honour the arrival of the F35 Lightning to RAF service.

The next section features the second half ‘Goose’. The front five aircraft known as ‘Enid’ fly in an inverted V shape while Red 9 flies directly through the centre of that formation.

The fourth clip shows Red’s 6, 7 & 8 performing the ‘Vortex’. 7 & 8 fly around 6 in a circular shape before turning in and crossing each other to break.

These video sections are all filmed at RAF Fairford for RIAT on the 15th July 2018.

Next is the ‘Phoenix Bend’ filmed at Sunderland on the 27th July 2018.

The next element of the rushes features the popular ‘Tornado’ manoeuvre. Red’s 8 & 9 roll around the other seven aircraft in the formation whilst using their coloured smoke. This is also filmed at Sunderland Airshow.

Following that is the second half manoeuvre ‘Corkscrew’ at Bournemouth airshow on the 30th August 2018. This move is flown by the rear section of the formation. Those four jets make up ‘Gypo’ named after the first leader of the back section. Red’s 6 & 7 role inverted while 8 & 9 roll around their smoke.

Featured next is the ‘Gypo Break’, also filmed at Bournemouth on the same date. The break shows Red’s 6, 7, 8 and 9 turning into each other and crossing to produce a burst like pattern in the sky with their smoke. 

Finally shown is the ‘Vixen Break’. This break is performed at the end of the 2018 show and features the front five aircraft (Enid) along with Red’s 8 & 9. The jets fly towards the crowd before turning outwards and breaking to produce a large burst pattern in the sky. This clip was also filmed at Bournemouth on the 30th August 2018.

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Photographer: SAC Rose Buchanan (RAF)

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