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In 1964, all the RAF display teams were amalgamated, as it was feared pilots were spending too much time practising formation aerobatics rather than operational training.The new team name took the word "red" from the fact that the Yellowjacks' planes had been painted red (for safety reasons, as it was a far clearer and more visible colour in the sky) and "arrows" after the Black Arrows; the official version, however, is that the red was a tribute to the Red Pelicans.

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The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, is the aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force based at RAF Scampton.

The team was formed in late 1964 as an all-RAF team, replacing a number of unofficial teams that had been sponsored by RAF commands.

In that same year, a team of five yellow Gnat trainers from No 4 Flying Training School displayed at the Farnborough Airshow.

This team became known as the Yellowjacks after Flight Lieutenant Lee Jones's call sign, "Yellowjack".

In their first season, they flew at 65 shows across Europe.

In 1966, the team was increased to nine members, enabling them to develop their Diamond Nine formation.In late 1979, they switched to the BAE Hawk trainer.The Red Arrows have performed over 4,800 displays in 57 countries worldwide. 32 Squadron RAF flew an air display six nights a week entitled "London Defended" at the British Empire Exhibition.The first display in the UK was on , at Little Rissington for a press day.At the subsequent National Air Day display, three days later, at Clermont Ferrand in France, one French journalist described the team as "Les Fleches Rouges", confirming the name "The Red Arrows".56 Squadron, the Firebirds, with nine red and silver Lightnings.

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