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View Names Being Put on a Plane

Published on: 10 June 2017

On 15 May highly skilled technicians from RAF Cranwell's Paint Bay Team applied the names nominated by donors to our Names on a Plane campaign onto Red Arrows Hawk Jet XX322.  

Each name was printed in 18 point Arial font onto decal sheets that were meticulously fixed onto the tailfin of the Jet.

Click here to watch a short film on the Museum's YouTube Channel showing how this was done.

Click on this image to hear a message from Red 3 and Red 5

Click on the above image to hear a special message from Red 3 and Red 5

Names being printed onto a decal sheet before being applied onto the tail of XX322

Names being printed onto a decal sheet before being attached

Since 15 May we have been creating a searchable online interactive showing where the names are located. This is currently in the process of being tested. Once completed, we will email a link to each donor and it will be available on our websites.

One of the Technicians from RAF Cranwell applying the names to Red Arrow Hawk Jet XX322

One of RAF Cranwell's Paint Bay Technicians applying
names to Red Arrows Hawk Jet XX322

The Museum would like to give a huge thank you to the thousands of you who have supported the RAF Museum’s RAF Centenary Programme through your donations to our ‘Names on a Plane’ Campaign. You have helped play a vital part in edging us towards our Campaign target. Through your generosity we have raised over £300,000 to help the Museum create an enduring legacy for the Royal Air Force’s Centenary in 2018.

A close up shot of some of the 6,000 names

Some of the 6,000 + Names on a Plane

So what next….

If you would like to view the Red Arrows as they perform this season their next displays will be at:
  • RAF Cosford on 11 June 2017
  • Weston Air Festival 17 - 18 June 2017
  • Scarborough 24 June 2017
You can view their full programme for 2017, here.

Don't miss the opportunity to purchase 'Names on a Plane' limited edition merchandise. To find out more please visit or visit the Museum shop at London or Cosford. A percentage of all profits support our RAF Centenary Fundraising Campaign.

Names on a Plane gifts available from the Museum's online shop.

Names on a Plane gifts available from the Museum's online shop.

And last, but not least, we would like to give a massive thank you to the Royal Air Force and the Red Arrows , plus our other partners who have helped us bring this project to life. 

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