Black Cats conclude 2011 display season at Duxford

Black Cats conclude 2011 display season at Duxford 26 Oct, 11, Source: Royal Navy

We opened our 2011 display season at the Duxford Spring air show in May, so it is fitting to end at the same venue.

Nearby residents of Duxford airfield will agree that we disturbed a wonderfully peaceful autumnal Sunday afternoon with our distinctive slapping blades and high-pitched gas-turbine engines, but we’re sure that the spectators at Duxford will also agree that our display was worth disrupting such an afternoon.

We were only over-roared by the noise from the dominating F-16 display of the Belgian Air Force.

2011 has been another very successful display season during which we have attended 15 public air shows and raised £4000 for the Royal Navy Benevolent Trust and the Fly Navy Heritage Trust.

We send their thanks to all the people who came to watch the shows, bought caps and T-shirts, donated to our charities and chatted to the team at the trailer.

Those of you who did speak to the team (if you weren’t too bored by lots of helicopter-talk) will know that we are very proud of our team and proud to represent the Royal Navy on the public stage.

We are now starting our preparations for the 2012 display season. Lt Chris Chambers and Lt Mike Curd will shortly be leaving the team to rejoin the front line on 815 Naval Air Squadron and this season’s Black 2, Lt Dave Fleming will step-up to become the 2012 Black Lead.

We are still deciding on the 2012 Black 2, but we will update the website when the lucky pilot has been selected.

If you have any pictures of us during the last year then please post them on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RoyalNavyBlackCats.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2012.

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