Red Devils’ date at IWM Duxford to hail new Pegasus motorbike

PUBLISHED: 08:37 24 May 2018

The Red Devils put on a parachute display as Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Red Devils put on a parachute display as Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOO

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IWM Duxford hosted the launch of a new motorcycle on Monday, at an event that also featured a parachute jump by the Red Devils.

Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOORoyal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Classic 500 Pegasus by Royal Enfield was inspired by the legendary RE/WD Flying Flea 125 motorcycle that was manufactured at Royal Enfield’s underground facility during the Second World War.

It was used by the Parachute Regiment in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence.

The Red Devils put on a parachute display as Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Red Devils put on a parachute display as Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOO

The launch event was attended by veterans and motorcycle enthusiasts and included the parachute jump by the Red Devils. There were also experts and historians on hand, to narrate a historical insight into the bike and Royal Enfield’s armed forces provenance.

Siddhartha Lal, chief executive of Royal Enfield, said: “The story of the Flying Flea is both remarkable and inspiring and it has a history like to no other motorcycle.”

The Red Devils put on a parachute display as Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Red Devils put on a parachute display as Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOO

Speaking about the Flying Flea’s role during the D-Day operation, historian Gordon May said: “The ramp would touch down and out would come the motorcycles. They were used as a means of rounding up troops and getting them forward, and also accompanying troops much as a convoy escort rider would have done.”

For more information go to www.royalenfield.com.

The Red Devils put on a parachute display as Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Red Devils put on a parachute display as Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOO

Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOORoyal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Red Devils put on a parachute display as Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Red Devils put on a parachute display as Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Red Devils put on a parachute display as Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Red Devils put on a parachute display as Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOO

Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOORoyal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOO

Royal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOORoyal Enfield launch a limited edition motorbike based on the Flying Flea used by the Parachute Regiment in WWII in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence at IWM Duxford. Picture: DANNY LOO

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