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The Blades

The Southport Air Show, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1RX

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The Blades


Now entering their 14th display season, with over 25,000 hours of flying between them, the pilots of the world-famous Blades Aerobatic Team are amongst the most experienced display pilots in the world.

The team performs its globally recognised display to approximately four million spectators every year. With former RAF Red Arrows pilots at the controls, the team demonstrates the ‘Best of British’ ethos and style in everything they do.

Flying precision, close-formation aerobatics, in 2019 the Blades celebrate an aviation milestone; 1,000 displays flown by the team throughout the UK and the world.

As the only aerobatic display team fully sanctioned by the Civil Aviation Authority to fly fare-paying passengers in close formation, the Blades Aerobatic Team is able to offer ‘Unforgettable Experiences’ from its base in Northamptonshire.

  • Only Aerobatic Airline in the world.
  • The Blades’ full time pilots are all former Red Arrows.
  • 8 times British Unlimited Aerobatic Champion, Gerald Cooper is welcomed as a star guest pilot.
  • The Blades won the inaugural World Formation Aerobatic Challenge in China 2017.
  • Currently, the team holds the World Record for the highest number of consecutive loops.



  • The 2019 Blades Aerobatic Team


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