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Posted on Thursday 19th April

With less than 100 days to go to the 2012 Olympic Games, it has been announced that the Red Arrows will perform throughout the UK as part of the opening celebrations.

The iconic Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team will herald the start of the Games, welcoming the world in quintessentially British fashion by flying over London 2012 Live Sites in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London before the opening ceremony. Up to 500,000 people per day are expected to celebrate the Games at Live sites throughout the country, watching the sporting action on the big screens.

The Red Arrows will perform a nine-ship flypast in their 'Big Battle' formation on 27 July, providing a stunning curtain-raiser to the show.

Squadron Leader Jim Turner, Red 1, Officer Commanding the Red Arrows said:

'The Red Arrows are honoured to have been invited to take part in the London 2012 Olympic Games celebrations to represent both the Royal Air Force and the very best of British. My whole squadron, pilots and ground support staff alike, share the pride and privilege of being part of such a special occasion.'

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