Our final announcement of the evening is a very exciting debuting team in Newcastle, The Blades Aerobatic display team!
The Blades Aerobatic Display Team is a full-time civilian display team. It is the only display team in the world that, in addition to flying air displays, also acts as an airline taking passengers on close formation aerobatic flights for unforgettable flying experiences.
The team is based at the Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire and were founded in 2005 by Andy Offer, a former leader of the Red Arrows, and Chris Norton, a Royal Air Force wing commander. There are eight pilots including five full-time display performers. All of the pilots are former members of the Royal Air Force and the aerobatic team all flew with the Red Arrows.
The team fly four Extra 300LPs and an Extra 330SC aircraft and in 2018 competed in the Red Bull Air Race for the first time.
The Blades made their debut performance in 2006 at a party held by David Beckham prior to the World Cup. Since then they have performed as part of the 80th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle, and at the Bahrain Grand Prix and Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.
The Blades were last in Northern Ireland in 2015 at Portrush, so it is great to have them coming to Newcastle on August 11th!
More air displays to announce in the coming days!