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The Red Arrows

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Portland Harbour 2010

At five o’clock yesterday evening I stood on top of White Horse hill and watched the Red Arrows perform for Weymouth carnival.

From this perfect vantage point I could see them soar a mile high above me then swoop down five or six miles to my left (east), climb again and explode out of formation five or six miles to my right (west).

Portland Harbour 1940

They say the Red Arrows are the best recruiting sergeant that the RAF could possibly have.   That is if we have the RAF for very much longer.  It looks likely that soon we will have just one integrated service.  That makes sense though.   In modern times we need an integrated approach using land, sea and air.

Nothing can extinguish or outshine the honour of the RAF or the Army or the Navy, whatever the future holds.  As we remember the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the Red Arrows flew yesterday through the same skies that our young heroes did then in their Spitfires and Hurricanes.   Nothing can ever repay our debt to those who enabled Britain to stand alone for more than a year against the Nazis.  It is no exaggeration to say that through those dark days they and Britain saved the world.   See brilliant BBC story here.

We shall honour them for ever.