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STUNNING NEW RED ARROWS EDITION AVAILABLE NOW!
An updated edition of Jamie Hunter's popular book RED ARROWS, featuring exciting new never-before-seen photographs.... more
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team in Action
290 x 258mm (landscape)
200 colour photographs
Hardback with dust jacket
This exciting updated book reveals the Red Arrows like never before.
• Aviation photographer and author Jamie Hunter has been allowed unprecedented access throughout the year to capture the action in dynamic photography – in the air, on the ground and behind the scenes.
• Includes interviews with Red 1, Sqn Ldr Ben Murphy, team leader for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, and his team of highly-skilled pilots.
• Find out what happens within the team, behind the scenes and in the air as the team put on their polished performance.
• Flt Lt Kirsty Moore, the first ever female Red Arrows pilot reveals what it’s like to be in the team.
• The planning, the support team, the aircraft, the training – it is all included in this fabulously illustrated book updated with informative new text and dynamic new photographs – exclusive to this book.
Aviation photographer and author Jamie Hunter has been allowed unprecedented access throughout the year to capture the action in dynamic photography - in the air, on the ground and behind the scenes. The pilots, the support team, the aircraft, the training - it is all included in this fabulously illustrated new book from Touchstone Books. Produced in association with the Red Arrows and officially endorsed by The Royal Air Force.
'Ladies and gentlemen, The Red Arrows!'
These words are heard around the UK at air displays and other significant events throughout the year. Everyone has heard of the Red Arrows, and most people have seen a spectacular display by the team. Representing the very public face of the Royal Air Force the Red Arrows serve to demonstrate the professionalism and excellence of the RAF and to promote recruitment. A Red Arrows display is always polished, always executed with precision, always breathtakingly exciting and always very, very impressive.
So what happens within the team, behind the scenes and in the air as the team put on their polished performance? Even before a display season ends, the team is preparing for the next season, through winter and into spring the close-knit team of flying and support staff operate to a gruelling schedule - flying up to four times each day. It's not just about the pilots, the Red Arrows team is a squadron of 100 dedicated people who strive to represent the best that the Royal Air Force has to offer.
Officially launched by author/photographer Jamie Hunter and Wing Commander Jas Hawker, Red 1, with the rest of the Team at the Biggin Hill International Air Fair June 2009. Click on the banner above to see the Book Launch Video and Photo Gallery.
This book has a photo gallery associated with it. Click here to view it
This large (but not too large) format title, with its high-quality paper, repro and printing, really is an excellent showcase for Jamie Hunter's splendid photography of the Red Arrows. While Jamie is a friend and colleague, I can say without a hint of bias that his new volume represents a very fine piece of work indeed. Naturally, the stunning air-to-air photography captured on numerous recent occasions is the main highlight, and it id to the credit of all concerned that there's not not a hint of repetition on individual or nearby spreads. Other publishers and photographers looking to bring out anything along such lines should take note. In fact, all the imagery accompanying the air-to-airs also works superbly, and portrays the human element of the Reds with imagination equal to that exhibited by the aerial shots. The text, while fairly brief, features several valuable and interesting 'behind the scenes' accounts, and all the the captions are detailed and informative, and the inclusion of the RAFAT's 2009 display diagram is a nice touch. It all serves to raise the book way above the level of 'photo-album', instead, it's a most valuable all-round volume on today's Red Arrows, which deserves to, and surely will, sell well.
Review by: Ben Dunnell, Editor, Aircraft Magazine www.aircraftmagazine.co.uk
Red Arrows unravels an amazing archive of air-to-air photography beautifully captured by world-renowned aviation photographer Jamie Hunter and accompanied snippets of information and facts to indulge an inquisitive mind. The pages reveal what it is like to be a Red's pilot, what goes on behind the scenes, the training involved and the aircraft itself.
Hunter's skill is apparent through his diverse range of photography techniques to show the team's gripping maneuvers such as the terrifying 'spaghetti break' or the 'diamond nine loop'. Wide shots, bird's eye and close-up angles create suspense and show how the team fly aircraft to its limits. This is a real treat for the adrenalin junkie and not for the faint hearted. Some of the photographer's most prominent work is that of images of inside the aircraft, shot from the pilot's perception. These detailed, intimate shots, allow the reader to be thrown into the cockpit and into the action - almost providing a VIP pass to this exciting world of what Red's pilot Jas Hawker describes as 'every schoolboy's dream'.
In addition, the photographer effectively uses the opportunity to get the accounts and contributions of pilots, engineers, ground crew and essential support staff, providing a real first-hand insight into the remarkable people that make this world-famous team work. It is especially evident when a pilot reveals that "the show arrival always sends a shiver down my spine".
This book is a worthy celebration to all the pilots who have served on this team, to their professionalism, skill and mutual trust, all of which have made them national treasures. A visual delight, it encourages British pride to the core.
Review by: Rhea Johnson, Legion Magazine www.legion-magazine.co.uk
I am fortunate enough to have a copy of Jamie Hunter's superb book on the Red Arrows. Absolutely brilliant - the quality is just outstanding. It's a fantastic book about a highly professional team. It provides an insight into the Red Arrows, not only in the author's words, but the big plus is the personal aspect of the contributions from the team leader and other team members - both the pilots and the Blues. It's great to read individual accounts from pilots and engineers, written in their own words - to find out from their perspective what they saw and how it feels to be a member of the team - in the air and on the ground.
This book is brilliant quality, the photographs are stunning - it's been a long wait for an updated publication on The Red Arrows which really does them justice - it totally reflects and depicts their skill and dedication, their high standards and professionalism. I photograph the Reds whenever I get the chance at airshows, and I am totally in awe of the privileged access Jamie Hunter has had to photograph the team and the amazing images he has captured. Nice one.
Review by: Gary Lynch, Cirencester
The daredevil flying of the Red Arrows can be a dazzling spectacle for those watching from the ground – but new pictures show the dizzying view from the pilot's cockpit.
Now, Red Arrows aficionados can visualise themselves as one of the nine elite pilots at the controls of the BAE Hawk T1A aircraft, soaring across the sky at speeds of up to 360 knots and heights of 42,000ft.
With a flash of brilliant scarlet, they score the deep blue Mediterranean skies accompanied by the throaty roar of Rolls-Royce engines which herald their arrival.
These glorious colour photos of the display team are helping Jamie Hunter's book to fly off the shelves!
Review by: Sunday Express,
What a fantastic book with some excellent photos of the team in action. A must for all fans of this amazing display team.
Review by: D Boast, UK
An excellent book, a fabulously photographed & well written analysis of the world's finest engineers & support staff.
Review by: Simon M. Evans, Lincoln, UK
Stunning photography & an amazing narrative ... this reference book is so real that you can almost taste the heady mix of Kerosene & Adrenaline, with the sensory barrage of Eucalyptus and the cacophony of noise from Cicadas of the pre-season deployment to Cyprus.
Dr D Hall Wg Cdr RAF(Ret'd)
Review by: DereK Hall, UK