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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 November 2007, 15:30 GMT
Red Arrows tour with new design
Red Arrow new design
This is the first permanent change to the design since 1979
The Lincolnshire-based Red Arrows have unveiled a new design on their planes to mark the start of a six-week tour to the Middle and Far East.

It is the first permanent alteration to the design of the planes since the Red Arrows took delivery of their Hawk aircraft in 1979.

On Sunday, the team set off on a goodwill tour to 13 countries, including Jordan, Malaysia and Oman.

The air display will be performed 18 times in front of millions of people.

Wing Commander Jas Hawker said: "The Red Arrows Hawk aircraft are known and loved by millions of people around the world.

"We are a visible way of reminding people of our colleagues' hard work and professionalism in the line of duty. The change to our aircraft paint scheme will help us to do this more efficiently."

Whilst on tour, the team will be supported by 30 Royal Air Force personnel and all are due to return to their base at RAF Scampton on 18 December.

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