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What would you think if you were told that the Red Arrows were refused permission to do a fly past at the Olympics in London 2012 because it would be too British?
Yes the Red Arrows are typically British and what better way to show how proud we are of them and of being British etc etc than by letting them do a fly past at the 2012 Olympics :o) Have heard rumours they wont be allowed. Outrageous!!
asked in olympics, olympic games, Britain

cryptminder answers:

Its a miss truth printed in some rag sheets. They will be allowed to fly, infact someone who I cant remember now alreadready clarified this a few weeks ago.

Supplement from 09/18/2008 11:31pm:

Read the Government’s response
We’re glad to tell you there is absolutely no truth - and never has been - in the idea that the Government has banned the Red Arrows from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Prime Minister was delighted to see the role the Red Arrows played in the celebrations on the Mall after the Beijing Games, and they have always played a significant part in great festivals of celebration in Britain in recent years. Indeed, the Red Arrows played a memorable role when they flew over Trafalgar Square in 2005 to mark London winning the Games.

Decisions on the nature of the Olympic opening ceremony are a matter for the 2012 organising committee, and with four years to go, they have not made their decisions yet. However, the Prime Minister has made clear he would be delighted to see the Red Arrows perform in the celebrations in 2012.

We asked Tessa Jowell, the Olympics Minister, to pass on her comments as well:

She said:

“I am delighted that so many people have shown how important the Red Arrows are to them by signing this petition. To their millions of fans, the Red Arrows demonstrate all the best elements of being British of which we are so rightly proud. As we have made clear on many occasions, it is just not true that the Government has in some way banned the Red Arrows from being involved in 2012. Nothing, in fact, could be further from the truth.

The Red Arrows flew over London the day we won the Games in 2005 - and they took to the skies again in August, on another special day for London 2012, as we marked the end of the Beijing Olympics and the start of the run-up to our Games. I know Gordon was as delighted as I was that the Red Arrows were able to play such a prominent role, a fitting end to an Olympics that had been such a triumph for Great Britain. While it is up to the 2012 Organising Committee to decide what form the ceremonies in 2012 should take and who should participate, I am very clear in my own mind that the Red Arrows should be part of London’s welcome to the world in four years time. And I know Seb Coe shares my view.”

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rasputin1309 answers:

Par for the course with that clown Broon and his coven of politically correct nitwits

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wumpus answers:

We could always to two versions; one with CGI-added planes, one without.

I'd have thought a fly-past of Eurofighters might have been more appropriate than the Red Arrows with their Hawks anyway.

Eurofighters have not yet been used in war.
They are the product of international collaboration.
And they are years late and massively over budget.
A true symbol of Britain.
(And Germany, Spain and Italy.)

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P-Kasso answers:

So how about showing a bit of Euro solidarity and PC rightness by inviting the Luftwaffe to do the flypast?

Could be a part of on-going 60th anniversary celebrations of the Blitz on London and other major and not so major cities? Just a thought.

Maybe a few well placed bombs could be dropped on the politicians and any others who might have dreamed up this daft ban on the Red Arrows.

Supplement from 09/18/2008 09:36am:

The Red Arrows probably won't fly because of fuel restrictions and budget defecits anyway.

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siasl74 answers:

Not this again - it was on of the most popular petition on the Downing St site, and they responded with something along the lines of "we've not even thought about it yet, and the Red Arrows also haven't been asked".

It's just a rumour that's been started by the red-tops, imho.

Supplement from 09/23/2008 01:33pm:

The petition has recently closed and the govmt has responded:

i.e. the petition was rumour-mongering trash

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Family.Guy answers:

This has sort of been asked before.


It is not true.

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