• Short Summary

    The RAF Red Arrows aerobatic team's famous near-miss manoeuvre - which has thrilled the crowds at air-shows all over the world - on Wednesday (20 Jan) claimed the lives of four of the team's pilots.

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    The RAF Red Arrows aerobatic team's famous near-miss manoeuvre - which has thrilled the crowds at air-shows all over the world - on Wednesday (20 Jan) claimed the lives of four of the team's pilots.

    The wreckage of the two planes, which were in collision about a hundred feet (30 metres) above the runway, ended up in two shouldering heaps about a mile-and-a-half (2.4 kms) apart.

    The two Gnat jets - each with two men on board, were on a practice run over their base at RAF Kemble in Glouscestershire, where they'd only just begun rehearsals for the 1971 season.

    The collision came as they approached each other above the runway, each flying at a speed of six-hundred miles per hour (966 kph). An eye-witness saw the two wings rip into each other, and the aircraft fall to earth. The four men never had a chance to use their ejector seats.

    The dead men were named as pilots Colin Armstrong and John Lewis and passengers Flight Lieutenants Euan Perraex and John Haddock.

    The crash is the sixth involving the Red Arrows in the last three years, and the worst since the team was formed six years ago. The team has lost five of its Gnat aircraft in the last eighteen months.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADWK9LW4HSDQA1AFFY1IL9SFEF
    Media URN:
    VLVADWK9LW4HSDQA1AFFY1IL9SFEF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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