Goodwood will once again play host to some incredible airborne action at the Festival of Speed as the Red Arrows, and a Eurofighter Typhoon Display Team entertain the crowds.
Over 50 years on from their inaugural display, the Red Arrows are still renowned for their spectacular air displays, only choosing the most skilled and experienced pilots from within the RAF to join the team and introducing new and exhilarating manoeuvres every year.
On the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival of Speed, the skies above Goodwood House will give way to the thunderous sound of the Rolls-Royce Adour jet engines powering the nine BAE Systems Hawk T1 aircraft that have been used by the Red Arrows since 1979.
The ever-popular Red Arrows stunned Festival of Speed visitors last year when, following their Friday display, they arrived at the event on foot and soaked up the atmosphere at the world’s largest motoring garden party.
The Red Arrows have a new Team Leader for 2015 – Squadron Leader David Montenegro, who flies in the Red 1 position. He has flown a display at Goodwood three times before, when he was a team pilot with the Red Arrows between 2009 and 2011.
Now returning to the Squadron as Team Leader, the former Tornado pilot, 38, said: ‘The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a great occasion and it’s always special to receive an invitation to support such a large event with a display.
‘Getting the opportunity to visit the event, on the ground, after our display and meet the public is a highlight for the team too.
‘The event is an impressive, diverse exhibition of motoring through the ages, from classic vehicles to the present day and the future.’
For this year’s Red Arrows display, there are a number of new, signature moves added to the show which Sqn Ldr Montenegro hopes will prove popular with those watching.
He said: ‘New for this year is the Whirlwind, where all nine jets are seen rolling, before going into the Blackbird loop.
‘Also, watch out for the revival of the Mirror Roll – which has not been flown by the team for five years. It involves Red 6 flying an inverted barrel roll at minus-2.5G with Reds 7, 8 and 9 in formation.’
He added: ‘In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the Royal Air Force’s continued role in 2015 to secure the skies, we fly the shape of a Spitfire in this year’s display.
‘In this manoeuvre, Reds 4 and 5 trail smoke to represent the wing tip vortexes seen in the intense battle over the United Kingdom.
Also taking to the skies on the Saturday and Sunday at Goodwood will be the RAF’s flagship multi-role fighter aircraft, the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Operated by 29 (Reserve) Squadron from RAF Coningsby, the Typhoon display will showcase the incredible performance of the aircraft; which is controlled by an expert pilot operating a fly-by-wire system, and is capable of extreme mid-air manoeuvrability at both high and low speeds.
With 20,000lbs of thrust unleashed while on full afterburner, the sight and sound of the Typhoon is sure to provide long-lasting memories for the capacity crowd this summer.
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