Red Arrows "must stay", say fans

The Red Arrows in Phoenix formation above the Jon Egging memorial

The Red Arrows in Phoenix formation above the Jon Egging memorial

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BOURNEMOUTH Air Festival favourites the Red Arrows must not be “destroyed”.

Those are the words of the chairman of Bournemouth Red Arrows’ Association following reports in a national newspaper at the weekend that the iconic planes could be axed in the next round of defence cuts.

It was reported that sources with the Prime Minister in Liberia on Friday suggested that the legendary team could be in line for the chop.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team has a special place in the hearts of Bournemouth people, particularly following the death of Flt Lt Jon Egging following a display at the 2011 festival.

The team costs the MoD a relatively small £9million a year but the weekend’s report claimed that they could become a bargaining chip in budget negotiations.

The Red Arrows have been the highlight of Bournemouth Air Festival over the past five years and the team has spoken of its fondness for Bournemouth, particularly in the wake of Flt Lt Egging’s tragic death.

Terry Trevett, chairman of Bournemouth Red Arrows’ Association, said: “Once again there is an attempt to destroy something that’s truly British. The Red Arrows are some of the finest ambassadors this country has ever had and should continue to be such fine representatives of our country.

“The estimated cost of £9 million is a tiny sum when considered overall as part of the defence budget. Bournemouth has a proud connection with the Red Arrows, going back to their foundation in 1965, and represents a small part of the huge following that the Reds have worldwide.

“I’m proud to have had connections with the team for many years and I know my thoughts and views are shared by everyone who believes that the Red Arrows are part of our country’s heritage.

“Let’s be proud of what we have – especially the Red Arrows.”

Defence bosses have already had to cut personnel and equipment as a result of the Government’s five-year plan.

It is being argued the Arrows are an unaffordable luxury. The MoD denied the Arrows faced the axe, dismissing the story as “speculation”.

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11:28am Mon 4 Feb 13

Azphreal says...

Ok they cost 9 mill but how much is MADE from them performing? How much is made from merchandising? How many people join the RAF because of seeing the red arrows and hoping one day they could be one of them? I am sure that if we did not go running into Mali the savings would cover the red arrows.
Ok they cost 9 mill but how much is MADE from them performing? How much is made from merchandising? How many people join the RAF because of seeing the red arrows and hoping one day they could be one of them? I am sure that if we did not go running into Mali the savings would cover the red arrows. Azphreal
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12:39pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Azphreal wrote:
Ok they cost 9 mill but how much is MADE from them performing? How much is made from merchandising? How many people join the RAF because of seeing the red arrows and hoping one day they could be one of them? I am sure that if we did not go running into Mali the savings would cover the red arrows.
Using the same logic, we should never send any troops overseas, and make the UK military one giant PR exercise............
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[quote][p][bold]Azphreal[/bold] wrote: Ok they cost 9 mill but how much is MADE from them performing? How much is made from merchandising? How many people join the RAF because of seeing the red arrows and hoping one day they could be one of them? I am sure that if we did not go running into Mali the savings would cover the red arrows.[/p][/quote]Using the same logic, we should never send any troops overseas, and make the UK military one giant PR exercise............ .................... ........... Letcommonsenseprevail
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6:57am Tue 5 Feb 13

EGHH says...

Lets face it. The UK cannot fight any war without NATO or US support since the defence cuts. The two new aircraft carriers will go to sea without proper escorts (and aircraft!!). I actually suspect that one of the new carriers will be sold to the French as their new carrier design is a copy of ours but they cannot afford to build it!

The US Navy carriers go to sea with a battle group consisting of:

2 Guided Missile Cruisers,
2 Anti-Aircraft Warships,
2 Anti-Submarine Destroyers
2 hunter-killer submarines.

The French carrier escort consists of:
1 hunter-killer submarine
2 anti-submarine destroyers
2 anti-air destroyers
1 stealth frigate in forward patrol
1 supply ship

The Royal Navy just hasn't got that capability and still maintain ships in the worlds oceans on patrol.

The UK cannot even defend its home waters any longer since the scrapping of the Nimrod, the only maritime nation that does not have that capability.

We need to rethink our defence and look at the Scandinavian model e.g. have a strong home defence force and stop major involvements in non-European wars.
Lets face it. The UK cannot fight any war without NATO or US support since the defence cuts. The two new aircraft carriers will go to sea without proper escorts (and aircraft!!). I actually suspect that one of the new carriers will be sold to the French as their new carrier design is a copy of ours but they cannot afford to build it! The US Navy carriers go to sea with a battle group consisting of: 2 Guided Missile Cruisers, 2 Anti-Aircraft Warships, 2 Anti-Submarine Destroyers 2 hunter-killer submarines. The French carrier escort consists of: 1 hunter-killer submarine 2 anti-submarine destroyers 2 anti-air destroyers 1 stealth frigate in forward patrol 1 supply ship The Royal Navy just hasn't got that capability and still maintain ships in the worlds oceans on patrol. The UK cannot even defend its home waters any longer since the scrapping of the Nimrod, the only maritime nation that does not have that capability. We need to rethink our defence and look at the Scandinavian model e.g. have a strong home defence force and stop major involvements in non-European wars. EGHH
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8:20am Tue 5 Feb 13

Baywolf says...

This is so Tory thinking in hard times sell the family jewels, The Red Arrows are a part of England as is the Queen you don't see her with a price tag...Sell off the heritage and you have nothing left for the everyday people.
This is so Tory thinking in hard times sell the family jewels, The Red Arrows are a part of England as is the Queen you don't see her with a price tag...Sell off the heritage and you have nothing left for the everyday people. Baywolf
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