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(Senior Aircraftman Neil Chapman, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012)

Olympic Air

From the Eurofighter Typhoon to the Goodyear Blimp, see what's flying at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Red Arrows

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(Geoffrey Lee, Planefocus Limited)

The Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (here, with four Eurofighter Typhoons, entertaining Londoners for the RAF's 90th birthday), will perform a nine-ship flypast in "Big Battle" formation to mark the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. In 2009, four years before the Summer Games, it was erroneously reported that the Red Arrows had been banned from the Opening Ceremonies for being "too British," and for possibly offending other nations with their "military background." Even though ceremony organizers and the Red Arrows both refuted the story, a protest movement was launched, and half a million people signed a petition begging that the team be "reinstated." On July 27, the Red Arrows will fly over Olympic sites in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and London.

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