Red Arrows to fly over resort

WORLD famous formation flying squadron the Red Arrows are set to visit Felixstowe tomorrow with a flypast to mark the 90th anniversary of the RAF.The aerobatic jets are expected to swoop low over the Languard peninsula and let off coloured smoke as they pass.

WORLD famous formation flying squadron the Red Arrows are set to visit Felixstowe tomorrow with a flypast to mark the 90th anniversary of the RAF.

The aerobatic jets are expected to swoop low over the Languard peninsula and let off coloured smoke as they pass.

The event has been organised by volunteers at Felixstowe Museum and is set to take place sometime between 4pm and 6pm.

The Red Arrows team complete many flypasts each summer as they fly from display to display and will be visiting Felixstowe as they return from an event on the Isle of Wight.

There are 13 BAE Systems Hawk T1 aircraft in the RAF flight.

The museum asked for the flypast to mark the 90th anniversary of the RAF and its close links with Felixstowe.

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Felixstowe was commissioned as a seaplanes base in 1913 and during the first world war aircraft from the base patrolled the coast from Southwold to Clacton looking for German U-Boats and by the end of the war was the largest station in the world.

In 1924 the base - which was where the port now stands - took on a new role as the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment.

Those who served at RAF Felixstowe included Flying Officer Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine, and Aircraftsman 1st Class TE Shaw, better known as Lawrence of Arabia.

The mayor's chain is the only one in the world to feature the RAF emblem, and later this month the resort will mark the 50th anniversary of the RAF being given the Freedom of Felixstowe.