The Blades are provisionally set to perform at 1815 on Wednesday, August 15, as one of the highlights of Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week. This is the first time the team will perform in Falmouth, in place of the Red Arrows, which couldn’t make it to the town this year because of increased demand across the country.
The Blades are a leading display team of former Red Arrows pilots renowned worldwide for flying precision close formation aerobatics to the highest level, within a dynamic and cutting edge display.
Some of the country’s most experienced display pilots, The Blades are experts in aerobatics. The team started 2012 as world record holders after setting the world record for flying 26 consecutive formation loops at the end of 2011.
Since their debut display at the Beckhams’ pre World Cup party in 2006, The Blades have performed at some of the most prestigious events in the world, including the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, T4 On the Beach, Cowes Week and the Cannes International Advertising Festival.
The four-aircraft display team flies at a height of between 200ft and 2,000ft and will be best viewed from the same vantage points as the Red Arrows in previous years.
David Ellis, Chairman of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, said: “We are all delighted to be able to bring something new and exciting to Falmouth in this very special year.
“By sponsoring the display we are able to give something back to the local community which supports us all year round, and provide something extra special for Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week.
“The Blades have a fantastic reputation and we hope to welcome as many people to Falmouth to watch the display as we have done in previous years with the Red Arrows. We will be keeping our fingers crossed for fine weather on August 15.”
The Blades display is 15 minutes long and is thrilling from start to finish. The display contains a fantastic variety of very different aerobatic stunts flown just feet apart and not only demonstrates the great skills of the pilots, but also shows the incredible versatility of the Extra 300 aircraft.
From high rising looping manoeuvres and dynamic 10g formation breaks, to high-speed opposition passes and breathtaking solo aerobatics, the display is thoroughly exciting.
Richard Gates, Falmouth Town Manager and Chairman of the Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week shore-side committee, said: “I am delighted that the Blades will be able to perform at this year’s Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week, so many people work hard to ensure there are a variety of activities throughout the week to cater for all ages and the Blades is a perfect example of this.
“The events include the carnival, the fireworks, the evening entertainment, children’s entertainment as well as of course the racing on the water and much much more. The Blades will certainly be one of the key highlights.”
Lance Smale, County Chairman of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA), was instrumental in bringing The Blades to Falmouth. He said: “When I read about the disappointment that the Red Arrows couldn’t make it to Falmouth this year I immediately pictured The Blades performing in the harbour and set about making it happen by introducing them to the harbour commissioners.
“They represent the RAF Association and help us to raise awareness of the charity, which is a cause very close to my heart. I’ve seen The Blades perform and was spellbound watching them – they do things you wouldn’t think could be done with an aircraft. They are real crowd-pleasers and will look spectacular against the backdrop of the estuary.”
As well as sponsoring the Blades FHC plays a major role in ensuring sailors and teams competing in events over the week long festival remain safe, both whilst out at sea and when moored within the harbour.
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