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Royal NAVY Red Devils

United Kingdom
Red Devils Hawker Sea Hawk FB.3

Red Devils was the Royal NAVY (Fleet Air Arm) aerobatic display team formed in June 1957 to participated at the Farnborough Air show in September 1957.

The team flew five overall red painted Sea Hawk FB.3 airplanes with big white “ROYAL NAVY” signature at the under wings from No 738 Squadron based in Lossiemouth, Scotland. Team's trade mark was the all five aircraft formation take off and landing.  All Red Devils planes produced smoke by modifying the fuel injection system. The team's leader was A.J. Leahy, who led the team in 17 air shows, finishing at the end of the year at RNAS Abbotsinch (now Glasgow Airport). After that the Red Devils display team was disbanded.

On the next year an aerobatic display team from No 800 Squadron based at HMS Ark Royal was formed to participated in Farnborough 1958. This demonstration team flew seven Sea Hawks painted in dark sea gray and pale green undersides and equipped with smoke systems. After the  Farnborough Air Show the team was disbanded.

Red Devils Hawker Sea Hawk FB.3 Red Devils Hawker Sea Hawk FB.3 No 800 Squadron Display Team No 800 Squadron Display Team No 800 Squadron Display Team


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