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The Black Cats

Blacks at Biggin - photo Marcus Jellyman
Blacks at Biggin - photo Marcus Jellyman
Blacks at Biggin - photo Rich Pittman

Black Cats LogoWelcome to the website of the Royal Navy’s Helicopter Display Team “The Black Cats”.  The Black Cats have been a popular feature on the air show circuit since 2001 under the title “The Lynx Pair”, winning 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 AgustaWestland saw the team reinvented as “The Black Cats” for the forthcoming season. 

The team name derives from the Lynx wildcat of 702 Naval Air Squadron’s badge and also the naval slang of “Black Catting” which implies having done or owned something better than anyone else.  With an enthusiastic volunteer team, an exciting display routine and our now familiar display trailer and merchandise, the team are key players on the air show circuit where we promote the Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm to the public. 

The Black Cat’s parent unit, 702 Naval Air Squadron is based at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset.