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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

David Pearce

Display aircraft must do far more flying hours than any other military aircraft, so maintenance costs and ease of maintenance become very important. This is why frontline aircraft are so unsuitable.

Also important are low altitude and low speed behaviour - displays are not done at 30,000 ft Mach 2

Trainers are also built tough to survive student abuse, so more safety margin for surviving frequent high G turns

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