British astronaut Tim Peake joined the Red Arrows for a rehearsal flight before their display at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) this weekend.
It is the RAF’s Aerobatic Teams last display in the UK this year before setting off next month for their biggest-ever tour of North America.
Mr Peake sat in the rear seat of Red 1’s aircraft for the 20-minute flight.
He experienced the team’s hallmark combination of close-formations, precision passes and dynamic loops and rolls first-hand.
One of the manoeuvres practised – which features in the Red Arrows’ 2019 show – is Apollo, arranged in a shape that marks Saturday’s 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.
After the flight, Mr Peake said: “What a huge honour and privilege to join the Red Arrows today – a fantastic flight