Pointing out the BA way

BA's giant A380 superjumbo will lead a formation of Red Arrows at the Royal Air Tattoo on Saturday

The Red Arrows will join forces with a specially decorated British Airways 747 at the Royal International Air Tattoo this Saturday

The special Boeing 747 has been painted in the airline’s predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) livery to mark the British Airways’ centenary this year.
Senior First Officer Tom Perrins will be at the controls with Captain Richard Allen-Williams in command of the aircraft. They will be joined on the flight deck by Captain Simon Scholey and Captain Jonny Lutton.

The aircraft is set to depart Heathrow at 11.10am, then meet the reds above RAF Norton, before they head to the air show over for the fly-past at 12.15pm.  The pilots have been preparing for the joint fly-past and took to the simulators to finalise their route and profile.

British AIrways has a long history of displaying in the Air Tattoo and first joined the flying programme in 1985 when Concorde and the Red Arrows flew together in a dramatic display.

Team Leader, Martin Pert, who is Red 1, said: “Given the weight of the aircraft it’s a completely different beast to the hawk so I think we’d need some extra training should we be joining British Airways. We didn’t make a complete mess of the landings, but I don’t think the customers would be too happy. Flying alongside British Airways at RIAT is going to be a hugely pivotal moment for the Red Arrows. It’s two best of British icons, collaborating together at the biggest air show in the UK.”

The airline has a long history of displaying in the Air Tattoo and first joined the flying programme in 1985 when Concorde and the Red Arrows flew together in a dramatic display. In the early 2000s several British Airways 747s and 777s performed a fly past, and in 2013, the airline performed with the Red Arrows once again, to the delight of the large Air Tattoo crowd.