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There will not be any Black cat displays in 2017 as 825 NAS are concentrating on converting crews to the Wildcat HMA2 following retirement of the Lynx.



Black Cats
Black Cats

The Black Cats are the Royal Navy's helicopter display team and perform using two Royal Navy Lynx helicopters.

The carefully choreographed display features a full display of the precision and aerobatic capabilities of the Lynx. The acclaimed aerobatic display has been described as an aerial ballet but also features high-speed crosses, close formation work and opposing manoeuvres.


History
The team have been a fixture on the Airshow circuit for several years under the title of The Lynx Pair and won the Steadman Sword for the best British participant at the Royal International Air Tattoo in 2003.

In 2004, increased support from the Royal Navy and Agusta Westland Helicopters saw the team reinvented as 'The Black Cats' for the forthcoming season. The team are the first official RN helicopter display team since The Sharks, who disbanded in the mid 1990's. The team have however drawn from their predecessor's displays and use several manoeuvres, which were trademarks of the 4 red Gazelle helicopters.

The team's title 'The Black Cats' comes from a combination of the Lynx wildcat featured on the 702 Squadron badge and the naval slang of 'black catting', which is a form of one-upmanship by having done something or owning something better than anyone else.

The 2013 Black Cats Team will consist of a solo Lynx Display.

Due to the transition within the Royal Navy from the Lynx HMA.8 to the Wildcat HMA.2, the 2014 season included both types of helicopter, and the 2015 season saw two Wildcat HMA.2 helicopters display.



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