The Red Arrows, Britain's RAF aerobatic team, perform their public display over a landscape of the Thames estuary mud.
During the annual Southend Air show on the Thames river estuary, the jets of the 'Red Arrows', Britain's Royal Air Force aerobatic team, perform their Corkscrew manoeuvre, a fly-past 100 feet (30m) off the ground. Children playing on the low-tide mud pause from digging holes with a bucket and spade as the aircraft make their way over boating and mudflats. The Red Arrows Hawks perform throughout their calendar of appearances at air shows and fly-pasts across the UK and a few European venues. Since 1965 the squadron have flown over 4,000 shows in 52 countries and are an important part of Britain's summer events where aerobatics aircraft perform their manoeuvres in front of massed crowds.