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Thursday, May 13, 2021

PHOTOS: Red Arrows take to the sky in Doha

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For nearly half an hour this afternoon, Qatar residents looked to the sky to watch a thundering air show performance by the Red Arrows.

The British aerobatic group, comprised of nine British Royal Air Force pilots, appeared to wow crowds with daring maneuvers, and were trailed by red, white and blue plumes of smoke.

On Twitter, reaction ranged from delight, to confusion, to patient boredom:

Did you catch the show? Thoughts?

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Ce Moi
Ce Moi
7 years ago

Awesome show by the Red Arrows as usual!

Pete
Pete
7 years ago

Brilliant!

Wendy Cayless
Wendy Cayless
7 years ago

It was awesome. Pity it wasn’t on the weekend!

Scarletti
Scarletti
7 years ago

nobody does it better… !

Chillaxxx
Chillaxxx
7 years ago

It was fantastic, and I watched the entire while show stuck in traffic

hawkeye31
hawkeye31
7 years ago

Splendid show!

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago

For those spectators, ‘Savour it’!

Hardly a UK Defence Review goes by, when the ‘Red’s’ financial credibility isn’t questioned.

Every show may be the last you will ever see? I hope not?

Turbohampster
Turbohampster
7 years ago

Was a fantastic show for the limited space they had! Also great to see what they can do when not restricted by the incredibly strict UK airshow regulations!
Best of all it started on time 🙂

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago
Reply to  Turbohampster

The show is rehearsed, and practised, meticulously, on a set platform, not customised for every event.

They do not throw out the rule book because they are in a country outside the UK.

Turbohampster
Turbohampster
7 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

Without wanting to start an argument!
I know what I’m talking about, actually there are 3 different displays they can perform. The “Full Display”, “Rolling Display” & “Flat Display”. So yes the display can be customised for each show, for instance they may switch from the “Rolling Display” to the “Full Display” if the weather improves during the display or vice versa!
The regulations I was talking about were to do with the crowd line. The Reds are only allowed to fly over the Crowd line on their arrival & departure manoeuvre (Even more they are the ONLY display team allowed to do this in the UK). Even though the designated crowd line was parallel to the Sheraton due to the shape of the corniche they flew over the “crowd” after most passes I’m not sure if they would of got away with that in the UK.

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago
Reply to  Turbohampster

I have worked on a ‘Display Team’, I really have! With BAE Hawk Mk 65! With Tricolour smoke pods, with ‘Red Ones’. I really have!
Please ingratiate me with your superior knowledge? I have a ‘Belt-fed’ response waiting for you!

Turbohampster
Turbohampster
7 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

Well if you worked for the Reds then please enlighten me. I am happy to be corrected!

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago
Reply to  Turbohampster

Every display is subject to local conditions at that time, hence the reds spend winter in Cyprus – lots of clear blue sky – + duty free – well it was in my day.

All Reds’ displays rely on a datum line – airstrip, coastline etc. for air/crowd safety, for that reason the display is standard. It is practised for months.

The idea that the ‘Rogers’ suddenly decide to go renegade because they are outside of the clutches of UK H&S law is preposterous, to say the least!

Turbohampster
Turbohampster
7 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

Well I apologise if my post implied that they went renegade as you say. Nor did I mean to imply that I thought the display was in anyway unsafe.
Lets just say I do a similar job and as such have nothing but respect and admiration for the Red’s past or present and know very well that they wouldn’t go renegade as you say. If you were part of the Team before then hats off to you!

My dig was at the regulations in the UK, which have seen the minimum crowd line distance etc get greater most years, compared to the rest of Europe and to the detriment of Airshows in the UK.

I will happily edit my first post if you think it reads that they were unprofessional in anyway as that was not my intention.

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago
Reply to  Turbohampster

Not a problem Turbo!

I’m still in the same industry, and you must agree that safety is paramount?

Safety regulations can be a real pain in the @rse sometimes, but I would accept them over death, wouldn’t you?

The Reds were great, again, let us be happy!

🙂

Turbohampster
Turbohampster
7 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

Yes I agree safety is paramount.

Indeed they were and they always have been every time I’ve seen them!

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago
Reply to  Turbohampster

I love the smell of agreement in the morning!.

Bugger – it’s still evening – but you know what I mean

superkev
superkev
7 years ago

made me proud to be British today…

Turbohampster
Turbohampster
7 years ago
Reply to  superkev

Indeed the Red’s always perform!
Shame our overpaid useless footballers can’t do the same!

superkev
superkev
7 years ago
Reply to  Turbohampster

agreed, but most of them are foreign imports anyway… useless all the same though.

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