The sky over the airshow will once again be graced by the Red Arrows, the UK Royal Air Force’s premier aerobatic team, which will perform daily during the event.

The team has again faced threats of disbandment this year due to the UK’s perennial defence funding problems. It has also recently gone through the first change to its livery for almost 30 years – but blink and you’ll miss it. The previous solid white cheatline running the length of the fuselage is now broken by the words ‘Royal Air Force’.

The Arrows announced their arrival in Dubai a few days ago with a flypast of the new Burj Dubai skyscraper, which will become the world’s tallest building when it opens in late 2008.

John Boughton, director of sales and marketing at Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Red Arrows for their visit to Dubai and we are sure that they will prove to be a star attraction at this year’s airshow.” Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca Adour engines power the Red Arrows’ Hawks.

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Source: Flight Daily News