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Red Arrows land in Gatineau ahead of air show

The UK Air Force's Red Arrows touched down at Gatineau Airport on Monday.
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UK Royal Air Force's Red Arrows land at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport (photo/ Jeff Slack)

The UK Royal Air Force's Red Arrows made an aerobatic entrance as they landed at the Gatineau Airport on Monday.

The Red Arrows are taking part in an 11 week North American tour with Ottawa second on the list to experience the unique air show.

This is supposed to be the biggest air show to take place in a generation.

It also highlights the strong bond between Canada and its neighbours across the pond.

"I think this is a sign that we are the closest of partners,"said Susan le Jeune d'Allegeershecque, British High Commissioner to Canada. "It's a relationship that will probably get even closer in the months and years to come."

The Red Arrows are also working with She’s Fly, a drone camp for girls run by Virtual Ventures And Carleton University to promote careers in aviation, science and technology.

"A lot of people who think about studying science subjects in university don't think it can lead to a career like being an engineer for the Red Arrows," added d'Allegeershecque.

The Red Arrows are made up of 10 pilots, of those, two or three are new members. To become a pilot for the Red Arrows it takes years of training and service with the Royal Air Force.

"This is my first year [with the Red Arrows]. So, it's a special year to be joining this tour," said Damo Green, Flight Lieutenant. "I've done about 12 or 13 years in the Air Force. We do normally three years, so, I've got three years ahead of me but I'm pretty sure this will be the most special one."

The Red Arrows will perform a flypast over Parliament Hill for the Changing of the Guards on Tuesday.

The full air show starts Tuesday Afternoon, at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport.


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