EXCLUSIVE! The Blades Aerobatic Team to fly cutting-edge aerobatics at the Royal International Air Tattoo for the first time in the team’s history

14th February 2019

As the Blades fly into their 14th display season, the team is set to debut at the world-famous Royal International Air Tattoo this July.

Flying their high-performance Extra EA-300 unlimited aerobatic aeroplanes, the Blades will wow the crowds with a combination of close-formation flying and exciting aerobatic solo sequences – with some new manoeuvres added into the display for the 2019 season.

The team is comprised of six extremely skilled pilots with over 25,000 flying hours collectively. Andy Evans, Blade 1 leads the team for a second year. The 2019 season line-up also consists of: Red Bull Air Race pilot Ben Murphy, Kirsty Murphy, Mike Ling, James McMillian and Gerald Cooper.

Speaking on the announcement, Blade 1 Andy Evans said: ‘‘The Royal International Air Tattoo is the pinnacle of all military air shows and performing at it is a life-long ambition for the Blades as we fly into our 14th display season. We’re proud and feel extremely privileged to perform our dynamic and exhilarating display to RIAT spectators this summer.”

Being part of a military air show is a welcomed addition to the team’s busy air show and events calendar, particularly as for a fifth year, the team is proudly supporting the RAF Benevolent Fund, a charity which supports over 55,000 current and former members of the RAF Family. As a charity close to the team’s heart, the Blades has raised over £110,000 since the start of the partnership in 2015. The team’s other two long-supporting partners, Aerobytes and Zyrad Cables are also thrilled by the news.

Andy continues, “As the only aerobatic airline in the world, made up of former Red Arrow pilots, the team will demonstrate its military heritage through precision close-formation aerobatics. Look out for our high-performance Extra 300 aircraft cutting through the Gloucestershire skies very soon!”

The Blades Aerobatic Team is among the most experienced display teams in the country. Since the origin of the team in 2006, the Blades have flown over 3,500 passengers during a multitude of Blades events from Unforgettable Experience Days to bespoke corporate functions. Regulated by the Civilian Air Authority, the team are authorised to fly passengers in formation, just 4m from the aircraft next to them.

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