In that same year, a team of five yellow Gnat trainers from No 4 Flying Training School displayed at the Farnborough Airshow.This team became known as the Yellowjacks after Flight Lieutenant Lee Jones's call sign, "Yellowjack".56 Squadron, the Firebirds, with nine red and silver Lightnings.In 1964, the Red Pelicans, flying six BAC Jet Provost T Mk 4s, assumed the role of the RAF's leading display team.When RAF Scampton became the CFS headquarters in 1983, the Red Arrows moved there.As an economy measure, Scampton closed in 1995, so the Red Arrows moved just 20 miles to RAF Cranwell; however, as they still used the air space above Scampton, the emergency facilities and runways had to be maintained.
The first team, led by Squadron Leader Lee Jones, had seven display pilots and flew the Folland Gnat T1 jet trainer.
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the formal name of the Red Arrows, began life at RAF Little Rissington in Gloucestershire, then a satellite of the Central Flying School.
The Red Arrows moved to RAF Kemble, now Cotswold Airport, in 1966 after RAF Fairford became the place of choice for BAC to run test flights for Concorde.
By the end of their first season, the Red Arrows had displayed 65 times in Britain, France, Italy, Holland, Germany, and Belgium and were awarded the Britannia Trophy by the Royal Aero Club for their contribution to aviation.
In 1968, the then team leader (Sqn Ldr Ray Hanna) expanded the team from seven to nine jets, as he wanted to expand the team's capabilities and the permutations of formation patterns.The first display in the UK was on , at Little Rissington for a press day.