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The Blades trip to China

Day 1

After 28 hours of travelling, The Blades reached their destination – Zhengzhou, China. The team was greeted at the airport by a very welcoming Zhengzhou Air Show 2017 employee named Viva who took us,

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The Blades reach new heights as Ben Murphy leads the team to global flying competition

The Blades are heading out to China this weekend to compete in the inaugural 2017 Formation Aerobatic Challenge.

Ben, Andy, Kirsty and Mark, will compete in a worldwide flying competition which is the first of its kind,

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An afternoon with The Blades

The Blades Valentine’s Day competition winner Jon Green and his wife, Sue, were finally able to claim their afternoon with The Blades on Wednesday 5th April 2017 after a couple of months of notoriously poor British weather.

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2Excel Aviation’s female pilots encourage youngsters to aim high

Northamptonshire-based aerobatic Display Team, The Blades, welcomed a group of air cadets to its base at Sywell Aerodrome for an evening of educational fun designed to inspire and encourage more female pilots to think about a career in the aviation industry.

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A Valentine’s gift to remember



Share our Valentine’s Day Facebook post and tag your loved one for a chance to win an amazing goodie bag which will include a signed poster of The Blades,

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Top Tips for a Career in the Aviation Industry

Are you a budding young aviation enthusiast, or do you know someone who eats, sleeps and breathes aeroplanes?
We’ve asked our outstanding team of ex-Red Arrows pilots for their top tips about how to realise your dreams and have a career in the aviation industry.

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The Blades head to China for the team’s first formation aerobatic competition

In April this year, Blade 1 Ben Murphy, will lead The Blades to China where the team will compete against world-class display teams in the first global formation aerobatic competition of its kind.

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The Blades announce new team leader for 2017

Northamptonshire-based aerobatic team, The Blades has announced a change to its line-up for the 2017 display season with a new team leader.

Ben Murphy, former team leader of The Red Arrows,

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The Blades make a worthy donation

The Blades annual charity ball was, once again, a huge success this summer and enabled the team to donate an incredible £18,644 to its charity partner, The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. 

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Pilot News: A welcome and a farewell

2016 has been a season of change: The Blades welcomed their first-ever female pilot to the team, Kirsty Murphy, and also bid a fond farewell to Blade 2, Myles Garland in September. 

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