111 Squadron, whose aircraft were used in the series, was the forerunner to the RAF's Aerobatic Display Team, 'The Red Arrows'. In 1957, two years after the squadron were equipped with the Hawker Hunter, they became the RAF's only official display team (previously, many squadrons had their own display team). Starting with 4 aircraft, their squadron comander, Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Topp first increased it to 5 aircraft and, by the time of the Farnborough Airshow in 1957, a 9-ship display team had been formed. Because their aircraft were painted black, and after a journalist called them 'Les Fleches Noires' at that years' Paris Air Show, they became known as 'The Black Arrows'. At the Farnborough show the following year (1958), Sqn Ldr Topp helped create a Guinness World Record by looping 22 Hawker Hunters in formation, a record that is yet to be broken.
Major General Reece, a U.S. Air Force officer, wears a Combat Infantryman badge, which is only worn by U.S. Army personnel.