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Red Arrows return from Middle East tour to RAF Scampton

By RCousins_LE  |  Posted: December 08, 2013

BACK HOME: The Red Arrows have returned to base for Christmas.

BACK HOME: The Red Arrows have returned to base for Christmas.

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The Red Arrows have returned to their Lincolnshire base following a successful tour of the Middle East.

In an extension to their normal display season, the team undertook a five week tour of the region.

During the tour, the team completed 15 displays and performed in Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

They also visited Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

The team were last in the region in 2007 which takes the number of countries the Red Arrows have performed in to 55 since their initial display in 1964.

The tour marked the end of the time with the Red Arrows for two team members.

Flight Lieutenant Chris Lyndon-Smith, also known as Red 6, said: "The Middle East tour was an amazing way to finish my time with the Red Arrows.

"It is one of the highlights of my time with the team, another being performing at the opening ceremony of the Olympics."

Squadron Leader Ben Plank, said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Red Arrows.

"During the Middle East tour we got to see some amazing sights.

"A career highlight was performing at the Queen's Jubilee."

The tour was arranged after the Red Arrows accepted an invitation to perform at the Dubai Airshow.

Click here to see pictures as the team return to RAF Scampton

Click here to see pictures from the Middle East tour

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