Last month I blogged about the Red Arrows being on exercise in Cyprus. It was the start of their visit to the island, and they were spending a lot of time buzzing around the skies above my office at RAF Akrotiri. It was initially quite exciting, but after six weeks of displays three times a day, I became a little blasé to it.
What I hadn’t realised, was that I was almost always seeing the tail end of an aerobatic manoeuvre as the aircraft repositioned themselves over our building, and then flew off to do the impressive stuff elsewhere, so I’m a little embarrassed to admit I hadn’t realised the half of what they do…. until today.
I was contacted by fellow blogger Blueberry Heart earlier in the week, she was visiting the island and wanted to see the Reds practicing, which got me thinking… I really should take the camera out and capture some pictures before they leave.
So at 8am this morning, having phoned the Reds PR to find out where the display was “centered”, I found a spot on a virtually empty beach and watched the display.
What I didn’t realise was this was actually their very last day flying here, and the only other people watching were their assessors a little further along the beach from me.
What can I say? An (almost) private display of mind-blowing aerobatics over the beautiful blue Mediterranean sea… Not something you see every day.
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