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Client Name: Black Cats Display Team

Black Cats Display Team

The team have been a fixture on the Airshow circuit since 2003 under the title of The Lynx Pair and won the Steadman Sword for the best British participant at the Royal International Air Tattoo in 2003.  In 2004, increased support from the Royal Navy and AgustaWestland Helicopters saw the team reinvented as "The Black Cats" for the forthcoming season.  The team are the first official RN helicopter display team since The Sharks, who disbanded in the mid 1990's.

The team's title "The Black Cats" comes from a combination of the Lynx wildcat featured on the 702 Squadron badge and the naval slang of ‘black catting', which is a form of one-upmanship by having done something or owning something better than anyone else.

The carefully choreographed, new display for the 2008 season features a full demonstration of the precision and aerobatic capabilities of the Lynx. The acclaimed aerobatic display features high-speed crosses, close formation work and opposing manoeuvres. New for this season is the formation wingover with both aircraft less than 30 feet from each other and the "Swingboat". This manoeuvre will see both aircraft moving backwards in excess of 50 mph before recovering into the hover.

The Airshow season begins with the opening of the TRANSAT yacht race in Plymouth on Sunday 11 May and will continue throughout this summer culminating in the Duxford autumn.  The preparations, however, began in January and after many hours of practice, the display was finally cleared for public display by COS(AVN), Rear Admiral Simon Charlier, on 02 May 08.

This year's team is lead by Lieutenant Commander Alun Read, a veteran of the airshow circuit with over 6000 flying hours in a variety of aircraft including Sea King, Gazelle and Lynx. The team manager and No 2 is Lieutenant Dave Lilly who has over 2000 flying hours in the Lynx. Chief Petty Officer Mark Fisher will lead the engineering team and he has been operating the Lynx aircraft for 20 years.

The Black Cats are very grateful to these years' sponsors Rolls-Royce, Babcock, AgustaWestland, Breitling and Robert Frith Optometrists for all their valuable assistance.  In addition they are very grateful to Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee for use of the logo.

 


Home page: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/operations-and-support/fleet-air-arm/helicopter-display-team-black-cats/

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