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The world-famous Red Arrows have been banned from appearing at the 2012 London Olympics because they are deemed "too British".

Organisers of the event say that the Arrows military background might be "offensive" to other countries taking part in the Games. The display team have performed at more than 4000 events worldwide, but the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have deemed the display team "too militaristically British". Red Arrows pilots were said to be "outraged", as they had hoped to put on a truly world class display for the Games, something which had never been seen before. Being axed from a British-based event for being "too British" is an insult - the Arrows are a symbol of Britain.

The Red Arrows have been excellent ambassadors for British overseas trade, as they display their British-built Hawk aircraft all over the world.

The Arrows performed a short flypast in 2005 when the winning bid was announced, but their flypast at the Games was to have been truly spectacular.

It is to be hoped that common sense prevails.

If you disagree with this decision, sign the petition on the link below

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/RedArrows201 ... Arrows2012

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I should think they have been stopped! Red Arrows indeed!

It is also the intention presumably to abandon the fencing events, judo and other contact sports, shot put, javelin as all being too violently militaristic.

(sadly it appears that particular petition closed a week ago)

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Answer back from 10 Downing Street

You recently signed a petition asking the Prime Minister to "Allow the Red Arrows to Fly at the 2012 Olympics."

The Prime Minister's Office has responded to that petition and you can view it here:


Prime Minister's Office

Petition information - http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/RedArrows2012/

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Simon and I were (in jest) discussing using JATO for those of us who have eaten too many pies! :lol:

JATO for those who don't know is "Jet Assisted Take Off" which is used by Hercules aircraft (amongst others) where take off space is limited.


to see what it looks like! One either side of the prop should do the job, just don't hit the button until the wing is overhead. :lol::lol::lol:

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