The RAF Red Arrows aerobatic team's famous near-miss manoeuvre - which has thrilled the crowds at air-shows all over the world - on Wednesday (20 Jan) claimed the lives of four of the team's pilots.
Aerial view Kemble
SV Airmen look at wreckage of Red Arrow Pan to foam covered wreckage.
SCU Foam covered wreckage
SVs pieces of bright red wreckage of Red Arrow aircraft (2 shots)
SV Parachute lying on the ground
SV Piece of wreckage in front of old aircraft
SV Red Arrows take off (2 aircraft)
Air to Air shot Red Arrows flying in formation.
GV Red Arrows (2 aircraft) in pass over airfield
Ground to Air shot seven Red Arrows trailing red, white and blue exhaust
Air to Air shot of Red Arrow seen through white trailing exhaust of other aircraft
Air to Air Five Red Arrows in duck formation
Air to Air Seven Red Arrows in T-formation
Ground to Air Five Red Arrows over airfield, other two fly underneath them in other direction
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Background: The RAF Red Arrows aerobatic team's famous near-miss manoeuvre - which has thrilled the crowds at air-shows all over the world - on Wednesday (20 Jan) claimed the lives of four of the team's pilots.
The wreckage of the two planes, which were in collision about a hundred feet (30 metres) above the runway, ended up in two shouldering heaps about a mile-and-a-half (2.4 kms) apart.
The two Gnat jets - each with two men on board, were on a practice run over their base at RAF Kemble in Glouscestershire, where they'd only just begun rehearsals for the 1971 season.
The collision came as they approached each other above the runway, each flying at a speed of six-hundred miles per hour (966 kph). An eye-witness saw the two wings rip into each other, and the aircraft fall to earth. The four men never had a chance to use their ejector seats.
The dead men were named as pilots Colin Armstrong and John Lewis and passengers Flight Lieutenants Euan Perraex and John Haddock.
The crash is the sixth involving the Red Arrows in the last three years, and the worst since the team was formed six years ago. The team has lost five of its Gnat aircraft in the last eighteen months.