Aerobatic Display Teams

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702 Squadron: The Black Cats

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Forming the team

The Royal Navy Helicopter Display Team were formed was formed in 2001 and is the RN's elite display team. They fly the Augusta-Westland Lynx HAS8 helicopter and are based at RNAS Yeovilton. Crews are selected from the instructors of 702 Naval Air Squadron to fly the display. The crews remain permanent for the season, so keeping continuity throughout the team.

Air Displays

The Black Cats offer a unique pairs formation display that utilises the dynamic nature of the helicopter. The team has displayed in front of crowds of up to 750,000 at airshows throughout the UK.

The carefully choreographed display fully utilises the precision and aerobatic capabilities of the Lynx. The display features high-speed crosses, close formation work and opposing manoeuvres.