First flight: Red arrows show off new livery

The Red Arrows were spotted over Lincoln today in their first nine-piece flight since the unveiling of a new tailfin design.

The new design was revealed on February 18 to celebrate the team’s 50th display season at their RAF Scampton home near Lincoln.

At around midday on Friday, February 28 the Red Arrows could be seen flying nine aircraft in their famed diamond-shaped formation.

Although their red and white fuselage remains unchanged, the new tailfin design by the Air Media Centre at RAF High Wycombe, features outlines of both aircraft types.

In the shape of a Union flag, the new tail design emphasises the Red Arrows’ role as ambassadors for the United Kingdom and as the public face of the Royal Air Force.

The new scheme will be flown throughout the Team’s 2014 display season, which begins at the end of May and runs until September.