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Red Arrows put on display in Cyprus flypast (photos)

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The Red Arrows – the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – flew over Cyprus on Tuesday afternoon on their way to the United Arab Emirates.

The Red Arrows arrived at RAF Akrortiri in the afternoon before putting on the display.

They conducted a flypast of Episkopi and Akrotiri before stopping at the airbase to refuel.

The Red Arrows are the aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force based at RAF Scampton. The team was formed in late 1964 replacing a number of unofficial teams that had been sponsored by RAF commands.

According to the official website, the Red Arrows can “identify and manage threats before they materialise through intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)” but also “rapidly deploy aircraft and personnel around the world to deter conflict”.

The team is currently active across four continents with significant operations in Eastern Europe, South Atlantic, and the Mediterranean.

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