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When the Red Arrows, the RAF Acrobatic Patrol over Menorca take the sky

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Red Arrows on Mahón, Menorca, 2014

If you are lucky enough to attend a Red Arrows air show, the RAF Acrobatic Patrol (the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom), you are privileged. Each year they receive about 800 requests and there will only be 70 places in the world where you can find the red arrows crossing the sky.

In Menorca they have been fortunate not only with the beauty of their island but with the presence of this team of pilots up to three times in just four years. On September 22, 2014, the hitherto third occasion, a triple onomastics was celebrated: the 10th anniversary of the Illa del Rei Hospital Foundation (King's Island), the 50th anniversary of the RAF aerobatic patrol, the Red Arrows, and the 75 years of the creation of the Spanish Air Force.

In fact, the second time the Red Arrows flew over Menorca, in May 2011, it had been to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Isla del Rey Hospital. As we have already told you in Viajablog, on this small island of the Port of Mahón, a hospital founded by the British Navy worked for centuries and today contains a museum dedicated to the history of Medicine with equipment, tools and tools for vintage work.

SAR Puma helicopter over Isla del Rey Hospital, Mahón

It was after two in the afternoon when the silence of the gray and boring sky over the Port of Mahón broke. The peculiar sound of the blades of a helicopter, a SA 330 Puma del SAR (Air Rescue Service) of the Air Force, indicated that the exhibition began.

The prologue to the British intervention would be an exercise in which the helicopter and its crew would simulate a rescue at sea. Based in Palma de Mallorca, the device belongs to the 801 FFAA Squadron and, together with fixed-wing aircraft such as the C-212 Aviocar, its mission is help and rescue aircraft when necessary, crew and passengers and, since it also covers the Spanish influence part of the Mediterranean, also ships and who they are.

To do so, or simulate it on this occasion, the water launch of a crew member, his rescue and the transfer to Isla del Rey, where the helicopter remained the rest of the exhibition. In the same was planned the participation of a seaplane, a Canadair CL 215 that is unfortunately a habitual sight in the Spanish summer in its work of firefighting, but the forecasts of bad weather for its return forced to cancel it.

Red Arrows exhibition on Mahón, Menorca

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