Released in October 2014, this 24-page, A4-size full colour
softback booklet has been written by the Aerobatic Display Teams Special
Interest Group and published by IPMS(UK).
Originally intended simply as an article for
the Aerobatic Display Teams S.I.G. newsletter, the IPMS(UK) Executive Committee
thought it was worthy of a "wider audience" and decided to publish it as a
standalone booklet, for the benefit of all IPMS(UK) Members.
Aside from the "normal Magazines", we believe this is the
first time that any IPMS Branch/Chapter, anywhere in the World, has produced
such a publication.
As such, all IPMS(UK) members received a copy
as a "supplement" with their normal Society Magazine - but we now have a
limited number of copies available for general sale.
The price is just
£5.00 each, plus postage.
To get hold of a copy, simply
email the ADTSIG Leader with your
While there have been many books, magazines,
articles and other media devoted to the Red Arrows over the last 50
years, they have largely focused on the personnel, the displays, the Team
itself and its Ambassadorial role representing the RAF,
British Industry and National Pride, both at home and abroad. Despite all
those, there are still constant questions raised amongst enthusiasts,
historians and modellers, about the aircraft themselves, their colour schemes
and markings. This publication attempts to address those questions - and also
to correct/dispel a few myths and inaccuracies which have been perpetuated over
This Evolution starts with the
Yellowjacks, back in 1964, before progressing through the entire history
of the Red Arrows. The Yellowjacks were part of a long and
distinguished heritage of RAF display teams and although they only existed for
one season, they must also be included, as the direct ancestors of the Red
Arrows. The numerous - and often very subtle - changes in the markings and
hardware are all illustrated in here : They are all based on actual
photographic evidence, although as many photos may be small, indistinct or
lacking quality, illustrations were composed to show them more clearly.
Thanks to the input from many members of the
current and previous Teams, this is also a tribute to those who fly them - and
all those who have kept them flying for 50 years !
Yes, no matter how hard you try, it always
Despite the thousands of hours of research and dozens of
pairs of eyes cast over it, since publication a few errors have come to
light..... For those of you who already have copies of the booklet, you can now
download a small "Errata Sheet", in PDF format.
To get it,
[ CLICK HERE ]