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10 March 2017

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Lincoln City players and FA Cup visit the Red Arrows

Lincoln City footballers compared teamwork and formations on a visit to the Red Arrows ahead of the side’s FA Cup game against Arsenal tomorrow.

Players Paul Farman and Terry Hawkridge met members of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team at the Squadron’s home of RAF Scampton, just north of the city.

The FA Cup itself was also brought to the airbase, allowing an opportunity for pilots and support staff to get a photograph with the famous silverware.

The visit marked the achievements of the local club, with Lincoln City being the first non-league side in more than a century to reach the quarter-finals of the competition, in addition to being top of their league.

Squadron Leader David Montenegro, Red 1 and Team Leader, said “It was a real pleasure to host some of the Lincoln City players this week as their tremendous Cup run has captivated the city of Lincoln and indeed underlines the magic of the FA Cup.

20170308 FA Cup“Although their Cup run has engaged the country, it is their league form which has been really impressive to observe, as maintaining such a high standard over a long season clearly shows that they are a very well organised team.”

The Red Arrows carried out their normal winter practices at RAF Scampton during the players’ visit, watched by goalkeeper Farman and midfielder Hawkridge.

The Imps footballers toured the aircraft hangar, where pilots, engineers and support staff chatted with them about the big game at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium tomorrow, and answered questions about the Hawk T1 – the fast-jet used by the display team.

Squadron Leader Montenegro said: “Chatting to the players, we discussed many similarities between our respective teams – we both strive for and demand high performance throughout the year and to achieve this requires strong leadership, management and brilliant teamwork.

“Interestingly, both teams spend hours in our respective coaching/briefing rooms going through digital recordings of our performances so that balanced and critical analysis can be used to strive for perfection or, in the case of Lincoln City, to keep winning.

“We are really proud of the club’s achievements this year and will all be watching the game against Arsenal.

20170308 Red 1 and players“As a lifelong Spurs fan, I am dreaming of an Imps vs Spurs FA Cup final! We wish them the best of luck for the quarter-final match and all of their remaining league fixtures which I am sure will propel the side back into the league.”

The Red Arrows, who showcase the excellence of the Royal Air Force and represent the United Kingdom at home and overseas, are currently carrying out winter training at the Lincolnshire base ahead of the 2017 display season.

Typically, winter training starts with small groups of three or four aircraft formations. Each pilot completes three sorties a day, five days a week, and the formations grow in aircraft number as practice progresses, until the trademark of all nine jets together is reached.

These flights involve a thorough brief, debrief and discussion to ensure safety is paramount and the formations are precise.

Winter training usually lasts until April, when the team moves overseas to a location with more predictable, settled weather to maximise flying hours and perfect the display. This is known as Exercise Springhawk.

During Springhawk the team is assessed by senior Royal Air Force officers – formally signaling the start of the new display season, during which millions of people see the show.

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