Rhodesian-born race pilot take to the skies with world-famous RAF Aerobatic Team – the Red Arrows

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Scampton  – The road to the third consecutive Red Bull Air Race stop at Ascot, United Kingdom on 13–14 August took a special turn for Britain’s top racing pilots, Nigel Lamb and Ben Murphy, in July as they visited the Royal Air Force base at Scampton, Lincolnshire, to get together – and fly – with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team known as the Red Arrows. Quite simply, it was a meeting of the best of the best.

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Nigel Lamb of Great Britain poses for a photograph during the Red Bull Air Race trainings camp in Murska Sobota in Slovenia, on June 8, 2013. // Jörg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20131007-00580 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Nigel Lamb of Great Britain poses for a photograph during the Red Bull Air Race trainings camp in Murska Sobota in Slovenia, on June 8, 2013. // Jörg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20131007-00580 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

For Murphy, who is a new member of the Red Bull Air Race Challenger Class this year, it was also a homecoming. Born and raised in the British Midlands, Murphy is a decorated former RAF pilot who served as Commanding Officer and Team Leader of the Red Arrows. Master Class pilot Lamb, meanwhile, is also a former military pilot who flew jets and helicopters with the Air Force of his native Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) before eventually relocating to Oxfordshire. He and his Breitling Racing Team have logged nearly nine seasons competing in the Red Bull Air Race, capturing the World Championship for Great Britain in 2014.

Tickets for all stops of the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship – including the next race at the UK’s iconic Ascot Racecourse on 13-14 August – are on sale now. For more information on tickets and all the latest, visit www.redbullairrace.com

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