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Paul Johnson/Flightline UK reports from a breezy, yet sunny Biggin Hill. All Photography copyright of Author.

An important anniversary in the UK Airshow world was marked on the 12th May 2005 at Biggin Hill Airport, the 40th Anniversary of the first ever display by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows.

To mark the occasion, there was a special display was put on at Biggin Hill Airport for invited guests and 300 school children from schools in the South East of England. Also in attendance was the Princess Royal flying in aboard the Royal Sikorsky S-72.

Sadly, a parachute display by the RAF Falcons was cancelled due to aircraft unavailability and it was left purely to the Reds to provide the aerial entertainment. Biggin's proximity to the London Gatwick and the approach to Heathrow often restricts displays at the Biggin Hill airshows, and this display was no different with the Red Arrows restricted to their flat display. It's good to see the Reds still have massive public appeal. Despite there being no prior publicity for the event several vehicles stopped so the occupants could watch the display. Below are a few images from the display.

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