With trademark red, white and blue smoke billowing from their tails the RAF Red Arrows held to a tight formation on Monday as they made a fleeting appearance outside the BBC TV centre in London. Tails? Well, back end of bikes. Brompton folding bikes, that is.
The RAF’s finest converged at New Broadcasting House to help celebrate the launch of the new Radio 1 Greg James Breakfast show.
The Red Arrows display team had swapped their usual BAE Systems’ Hawk T1 jets for red Bromptons.
Comedian Joe Lycett said: “What an amazing event for British history.”
The Red Arrow’s jets are made in Britain, as are Brompton bikes, and the "cyclepast" made for surprisingly good radio – especially as radio presenters are now also filmed, with footage shared on social media.
The Red Arrows previously collaborated with Brompton in 2016 on a display tour in China and have had special-edition red Bromptons since then. The Radio 1 appearance was organised by Fusion Media, Brompton’s new PR agency.