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Black Cats Helicopter Display Team

The Black Cats are an exciting four-man helicopter display team who thrill audiences at air shows with their dynamic flying displays in Lynx helicopters.

Black Cats
Black Cats
Black Cats
Black Cats

The Black Cats are the Royal Navy’s Helicopter Display Team flying front-line Lynx maritime attack helicopters.

The Team started in 2001 as the ‘Lynx Pair’ and have been the first official Royal Navy flying display team since the ‘Sharks’ disbanded in the mid-1990s.

Winning several awards over the years, the Black Cats are requested to display all over the UK and at many European air shows. Owing to the draw-down of the Lynx fleet as the Wildcat enters service, the Black Cats will be performing single-aircraft Lynx displays during the 2013 airshow season.

The aircrew and engineers are all volunteers from 702 Naval Air Squadron and the Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force based at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset.

The name ‘Black Cats’ is derived from the fierce cat depicted on the 702 Naval Air Squadron emblem and the term ‘blackcatting’ which is naval slang for one-upmanship – doing or owning something better than someone else.

Calender of Events 2013

29 June

Nottingham, National Armed Forces Day

6-7 July

RAF Waddington Airshow

13 July

RNAS Yeovilton Air Day

20 July

CTCRM Families Day

24 July

RNAS Culdrose Air Day

27-28 July

Sunderland Airshow

3 Aug

Car Fest North

4 Aug

Wilton Classic Supercar

24-25 Aug

Dunsfold Wings and Wheels

29-31 Aug

Dartmouth Air Festival

29 Aug-1 Sep

Bournemeouth Air Festival

6 Sep

Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity Day

7 Sep

Leuchars Airshow

12 Sep

Guernsey Air Display

14-15 Sep

Southport Airshow

13 Oct

Duxford Autumn Airshow

Click here for illustrated details of the Display Routines



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