THE Ministry of Defence has rubbished speculation that the future of the iconic Red Arrows display team was under threat.
Often seen colouring the skies over Gainsborough and based at neighbouring RAF Scampton, The Red Arrows are one of the UK’s flagship display teams – but fears have been voiced regarding their future in light of cuts that need to be made.
There had been speculation that the future of the planes was in doubt and that defence chiefs decided it would be too expensive for the RAF display team to stage a fly-past for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton last month.
However, Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice-Marshal North said that there was good reason for The Red Arrows not being present at the Royal Wedding.
“The RAF refutes the allegation that the Red Arrows did not participate in the Royal Wedding flypast in protest at Defence cuts,” he said.
He continued: “The Red Arrows were conducting essential flying training in Cyprus prior to their 2011 display season. Before this mandatory training is complete, the Red Arrows are not permitted to undertake any public flying displays. This includes flypasts over London.”