The Blades fly into Battle

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The Blades aerobatic team, based at Sywell Aerodrome, are wowing crowds across the country again this summer – and the Telegraph will be keeping you up to date with their exploits.

“Once again this year we are supporting the Battle Proms events helping to raise money for Combat Stress by displaying at the concerts and then selling flights to raise money for the charity.

“Our first Battle Proms display was at Burghley, followed by the display at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire last weekend.

“The Battle Proms displays are a welcome addition for us to our season.

“Firstly they are mostly new venues in parts of the country that we haven’t necessarily flown in before and, secondly, because the crowds who attend haven’t always seen The Blades before and the reaction from an audience who haven’t seen us in action always gives us a buzz.

“The Hatfield display was followed the next day by a display in Bray, Ireland.

“It was one of the first times in a few years that we have displayed against a backdrop of blue sky in Bray so it was a display that we all really enjoyed and made transiting in and out much easier than normal.

“Our display weekend was followed by having a special visitor at Sywell during the week as we hosted two of our Spitfire experience days.

“During the day we fly with passengers in the front seat of our Extra 300 in close formation with the Spitfire while one of our guests flies in the back of the Spitfire itself.

“Even though we have hosted many of these days since the team began in 2006 there is something extremely special about flying up close and personal alongside a Spitfire.

“The sound of it from the ground is completely iconic and seeing it in flight with passengers in the front seat is still an extraordinary experience and many of them went away with tears in their eyes.

“The next week in our display calendar is set to be one the busiest of the year as we are displaying in Cornwall, Oxfordshire, Scotland, Sunderland and Lincolnshire, all in a matter of days.”