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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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Best of British: The Blades and Aston Martin Cambridge team up for a special edition car

Ever wondered what a day with an iconic carmaker and a world-class aerobatic team would be like? In April, five Aston Martin owners got to find out when they picked up the keys to their new V8 Vantage S ‘Blades Edition’ and experienced a day like no other at The Blades base in Northamptonshire.

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Bidding a fond farewell to Vulcan XH558

The Blades will be appearing in a special documentary on Channel 4 on 29 November, put together to mark the last flight of Vulcan XH558. The documentary features Guy Martin and will see Guy taking to the sky with The Blades in their last ever formation flight with the Vulcan Bomber.
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The Blades’ pumpkin carving competition is back

It’s nearly Halloween… which means it’s time to get your pumpkin carving tools out again!
We’re looking for the most creative, Blades 10th anniversary themed pumpkin design.
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