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The British Royal Air Force's aerobatic team, the 'Red Arrows', performs aerial manoeuvres during an airshow at Sea View in Karachi. — AFP

PAF's Thunder, UK's Red Arrows' joint airshow enthrals spectators

This is the first time the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team has performed in Pakistan in 20 years.
Updated Oct 05, 2017 10:38pm

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, and Pakistan Air Force's (PAF) JF-17 Thunder aircraft thrilled Karachi audiences in an airshow display at Sea View on Thursday.

The British Royal Air Force's (RAF) aerobatic team, the 'Red Arrows', performs aerial manoeuvres during an airshow at Sea View. — AFP
The British Royal Air Force's (RAF) aerobatic team, the 'Red Arrows', performs aerial manoeuvres during an airshow at Sea View. — AFP

The event was co-hosted by the PAF and the British Council. — AFP
The event was co-hosted by the PAF and the British Council. — AFP

A British High Commission statement said that the airshow started at 2pm on Sea View Road and was attended by the British High Commissioner, senior officials from the British Council and the PAF.

RAF's aerobatic team, the 'Red Arrows', performs aerial manoeuvres during an airshow at Sea View. — AFP
RAF's aerobatic team, the 'Red Arrows', performs aerial manoeuvres during an airshow at Sea View. — AFP

People gathered in huge numbers to witness the joint airshow — the first time the Red Arrows have performed a full display in Pakistan in 20 years.

The British Council also set up a pop-up library at Sea View which included a digital wall with a curated collection of e-books and an information booth.

People gathered in huge numbers to witness the joint airshow that started at 2pm on Sea View Road, Karachi. — AFP
People gathered in huge numbers to witness the joint airshow that started at 2pm on Sea View Road, Karachi. — AFP

The visit by the Red Arrows this year also marks 70 years of UK-Pakistan relations. — AFP
The visit by the Red Arrows this year also marks 70 years of UK-Pakistan relations. — AFP

Speaking at the event, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team's Supervisor, Squadron Leader Mike Ling, who is known as Red 10, said, "The strength of the United Kingdom (UK)-Pakistan relationship is highlighted by this joint airshow by the Red Arrows and the Pakistan Air Force's JF-17 Thunder aircraft."

The visit by the Red Arrows this year is also historic as it marks 70 years of UK-Pakistan relations.

The airshow on Sea View Road was attended by the British High Commissioner, senior officials from the British Council and the PAF. — AFP
The airshow on Sea View Road was attended by the British High Commissioner, senior officials from the British Council and the PAF. — AFP

"We are thankful to the officers and men of Pakistan's Southern Air Command for their generosity and support in hosting us for this visit."

Earlier on Thursday, the Red Arrows visited Pakistan Air Force's Masroor Base where they were welcomed by senior officials from the PAF.

The PAF and the British Council co-hosted this event. In addition to ministers and dignitaries, schoolchildren from the PAF Saleem Nawaz Fazaia College also had the opportunity to interact and engage with the Red Arrow and JF-17 Thunder pilots.

To mark 70 years of the British Council working in Pakistan, diverse activities and programmes ranging from cultural festivals to alumni events are being arranged. — AFP
To mark 70 years of the British Council working in Pakistan, diverse activities and programmes ranging from cultural festivals to alumni events are being arranged. — AFP

Speaking at the event, the Country Director for the British Council in Pakistan Ms Rosemary Hilhorst said, "The British Council is delighted to have such a strong partnership with the Pakistan Air Force in education supporting its schools and colleges.

"Today is a very special day which represents the excellence of the aerobatic teams, both the Red Arrows and the JF-17 Thunder display teams, and the strong relationship between the UK and Pakistan which has held steadfast these past 70 years."

The RAF aerobatic team, the 'Red Arrows', performs aerial manoeuvres during an airshow at Sea View in Karachi. — AFP
The RAF aerobatic team, the 'Red Arrows', performs aerial manoeuvres during an airshow at Sea View in Karachi. — AFP

With the message of 'Shared History, Shared Future', the British High Commission's 70th anniversary celebrations consist of a year-long series of activities and events that celebrate the strength of the UK-Pakistan relationship over the last 70 years.

This year also marks 70 years of the British Council working in Pakistan, which it is celebrating through diverse activities and programming ranging from cultural festivals to alumni events.

RAF's Red Arrows and Pakistan Air Force's (PAF) JF-17 Thunder aircrafts thrilled Karachi audiences in a joint airshow held on Sea View Road. — AFP
RAF's Red Arrows and Pakistan Air Force's (PAF) JF-17 Thunder aircrafts thrilled Karachi audiences in a joint airshow held on Sea View Road. — AFP

Working in cooperation with the government of Pakistan and the Pakistani High Commission in London, the celebrations seek to increase the bilateral trade, cultural and educational links between the two countries.

The Red Arrows are one of the world's premier aerobatic display teams. Flying British-built fast-jets, they have performed more than 4,800 times in 57 countries, showcasing the excellence of the Royal Air Force and representing the UK overseas.

This is the first time the Red Arrows have performed a full display in Pakistan in 20 years. — AFP
This is the first time the Red Arrows have performed a full display in Pakistan in 20 years. — AFP

The team is carrying out a five-week tour of the Middle East supporting UK interests.

The British Royal Air Force's aerobatic team, the 'Red Arrows', performs aerial manoeuvres during an airshow at Sea View in Karachi. —AFP
The British Royal Air Force's aerobatic team, the 'Red Arrows', performs aerial manoeuvres during an airshow at Sea View in Karachi. —AFP

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