(VIDEO & PHOTO LINKS AT END OF ARTICLE) Many residents in NYC were wondering why there were red fighter-jets screeching overhead on Wednesday afternoon.
The world-renowned British Royal Air Force (RAF) Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, made their first-ever visit to New York City, with an impressive aerial display over the New York Harbor which included a flyby of the Statue of Liberty. Supported by ICAP, the world’s premier interdealer broker, the New York City appearance is part of a larger North American goodwill tour for the Red Arrows.
The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, are similar to the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds and are regarded as among the world’s premier show teams.
The nine-pilot team began their flight over the harbor at about 6:30PM and conducted maneuvers that lowered the planes to just 300 feet over the water.
The Red Arrows are renowned throughout the world as ambassadors for both the Royal Air Force and the United Kingdom. Since the Team was officially formed in 1965, the Red Arrows have completed over 4,000 displays in 53 countries. The Red Arrows’ reputation is built on the commitment and professionalism, combined with Royal Air Force skills, training and equipment.