In 1962 from the Royal Air Force Central Flying School based at Kemble Airbase was formed the Red Pelicans aerobatic display team, flying on four standard painted Jet Provost T Mk4 planes and equipped with white smoke generators. The team was the successor of the CFS team The Pelicans formed in 1960.
At the next year the planes received bright red color scheme and extended to six. In this formation the Red Pelicans performed abroad in Belgium and France. In 1964 the team becomes an RAF official aerobatic team replacing the Firebirds and performing at the airshows in Belgium, France, Netherlands and Norway.
At the end of 1964 season the Red Pelicans performed together with Yellowjacks.
In 1965 after creation of the Red Arrows, the team planes was reduced to four and repainted in white-red standard color scheme, while the smoke system was removed. Red Pelicans were disbanded in 1973.