|2010: A Hundred Years of Aviation|
TT Motorbike Races finished on Friday. The Red Arrow jets have specially up-rated Rolls Royce Turbomeca Adour engines and of course specially installed smoke generation systems for those red, white and blue smoke trails. No major event goes by in the UK without a flypast by the Red Arrows.
I have no idea why one of the first decimal currency regional definitive stamps for Northern Ireland was used on the cover but it does seem a bit random. The cover was flown at RAF Finnigley, decommissioned in 1996 as part of the defence cuts but later developed into Robin Hood International Airport which opened in 2005. RAF Finningley had a long flying history starting off in 1915 as the Royal Flying Corp military airfield. Although the cover celebrates the Battle of Britain the airfield itself in World War II was part of RAF Bomber Command. During the Cold War this would have been where the atomic weapons would have been taken out of store and put on aeroplanes. Yikes. On a more positive note this was also where the RAF Search and Rescue teams operated from.
The Battle of Britain Air Display was first held at RAF Finningley in September 1948 and became the largest and most popular one day display of military hardware and aerobatics in the country. I found this photo of Belgium's 1976 Red Devils team on a site devoted to the different types of pilot helmets, yes really!
From L to R, standing: Jean-Luc Storder, Martial 'Stony' Vansteenkiste, Charly Hubert, Guy Lambermont.
From left to right, knealing: Gérald Dessart, Leo Lambermont, Phil Demoulin.
Coming back to the present day do you fancy a "Day Out with the Red Arrows"?
An entry to Vridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of air planes here