|The Red Pelicans were an RAF display team
flying Jet Provosts from 1960 until 1973, and they were the RAF's official
aerobatic display from 1964 until 1965 when the Red Arrows were formed.
The team was originally formed by the Central Flying School in 1960
under the name "The Pelicans" after the the bird on the CFS' crest.
Initially the team flew four silver and red Jet Provost T.3 aircraft, but
by 1962 the team had converted to the more powerful Mk.4 and added a fifth
For the 1963 season the team added a sixth aircraft and adopted an
all-over Day-Glo red colour scheme, becoming "The Red Pelicans". During
this season the team displayed at many European air events. All aircraft
were equipped with smoke generators, to enhance their displays.