Mazda teams up with the RAF

The three vehicles comprised a Mazda5 people carrier and two Mazda CX-7 SUVs to the display team, which aims to ‘promote the excellence of the RAF’s equipment, personnel and ethos’.

As a result, the team needed three practical vehicles to carry the flying equipment at events across the country.

The association with Mazda ensures that the Display Team can conduct these tasks to the highest professional standards due to the support provided by the three vehicles," said Wing Commander Al Seymour, Officer Commanding 29(Reserve) Squadron.

The Mazda5 is a seven-seat people carrier designed using distinctive waves across both flanks to improve aerodynamics and give the car a more modern and stylish twist compared to other MPVs on the market.

The RAF said the flexible seating and sliding rear doors of the Mazda5 were the main selling points when they were making their choice.

It will be joined by the large, practical Mazda CX-7 SUVs, which will offer four-wheel drive for tricky off road conditions and practical storage spaces for the equipment.

Both cars will be used for 16 air shows in 2011 in front of around two million spectators. The RAF hopes to raise more than the £12,000 raised last year for its chosen charities during the shows.

It will also visit schools and colleges throughout the year and take part in team meetings and simulations across the country.

Jeremy Thomson, managing director for Mazda UK added: "Mazda is very proud to be associated with the RAF Typhoon Display Team in 2011 by providing vehicles to support the Team.

"We look forward to engaging in the 2011 sponsorship through air shows, dealership activities, competitions and supporting fundraising efforts for one of their chosen charities the Not Forgotten Association."