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United States Air Force Thunderbird pilots flown by Red Arrows

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US Thunderbird 1 (right) being crewed in by Red Arrows Red 6 (left) at RAF Fairford prior to their joint display flight.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, have flown their American counterparts in a rare meeting between the two sets of display pilots.
Officers from the United States Air Force (USAF) Thunderbirds joined a practice display carried out by the UK team at RAF Fairford, which hosts the 2017 Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) this weekend.
The event will mark the 70th anniversary of the USAF, with the Thunderbirds performing at the show.
Pilots from the American team flew in the back seats of the Red Arrows’ aircraft as passengers during a practice sortie at the airfield.
It was a chance for the officers to exchange experiences of flying, with both teams operating fast-jet aircraft, Red Arrows Hawk T1 and Thunderbirds F-16C .
Squadron Leader David Montenegro, Red 1 and Team Leader said “We are very excited to be showcasing the best of British once again at the RIAT event and the chance to partner up with fellow skilled pilots, who are at the top of their game, is a fantastic opportunity.


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