British Royal Air Force Red Arrows squadron performs aerobatics over Athens’ Saronic Gulf in this September 6, 2005 photo. Two RAF Red Arrows jets collided over the Greek island of Crete on March 23, 2010 during a training exercise, a Greek Defence Ministry official said.
Red Arrows, a branch of Royal Air Force were formed in 1965 and since then, they have completed more than 4,000 aerobatics shows in 53 countries. They’ve been to Greece quite a few times always attracting large crowds. Their last show in Crete though, had a dramatic ending as two jets collided mid-air. The pilot of the first plane ejected from his seat and parachuted to the ground escaping with minor injuries while the pilot of the other plane landed safely at Heraklio airport. Red Arrows pilots have at least 10 years of experience at flying fast jets, something you can understand by watching their shows. This was their first mid-air collision during the last 30 years and I’m sure that soon they will be up in the sky again.
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