The Red Arrows will perform at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The ad comes after a previous performance for RAF families in Norfolk.
It’s the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games tonight and the famous RAF jets will be part of the event.
Here’s everything you need to know:
When and where is the next performance?
The Red Arrows are performing twice today.
First in the afternoon there will be an exhibition at RAF Marham for the family day.
After that, the jets will fly over to Birmingham and take part in the opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The RAF’s Falcons parachute display team will also perform at RAF Marham.
What is the flight route and schedule for the Commonwealth Games?
Military airshows have confirmed the flight path, route and schedules for the Red Arrows’ display at the Commonwealth Games.
- 7.35pm – Departs RAF Scampton
- 7.38pm – Southeast of Fiskerton
- 7.39pm – NE of Wragby
- 7.40pm – North of Claxby
- 7:43 p.m. – Northeast of Willingham
- 7.44pm – north of Brixholme
- 7.45pm – Canwick Lincoln flyby
- 7.46pm – North West of Metheringham
- 7.49pm – North West of Moulton Seas End
- 7:54 p.m. – West of Oakham
- 19:59 – South of Sutton-on-Trent
- 8.03pm – Near Blackwell
- 8:04 p.m. – Near Heanor
- 8:06 p.m. – East of Wotton
- 8.08pm – Around Bromley Wood
- 8:10 p.m. – West of Lichfield
- 8:11 p.m. – South West of Shenstone
- 8:12pm – Flyby Perry Park
- 8.13pm – Around Birmingham
- 8:18pm – Birmingham (Commonwealth Games)
- 8.25pm - South East of Besthorpe
- 8.26pm – Return to RAF Scampton
how to watch
Residents in the areas over which the Red Arrows will fly will be able to see them overhead.
However, the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony will also be broadcast on BBC One/One HD from 7.30pm.
You can also watch the coverage on iPlayer.
When do the Red Arrows play at RAF Marham?
The route for the RAF Marham display is as follows:
- 3.45pm – Departs RAF Scampton
- 3:47 p.m. – Southeast of Fiskerton
- 3:52 p.m. – Overseas
- 3:54 p.m. – Overseas
- 3.55pm – Near Long Sand
- 3:57 p.m. – Near Seal Sand
- 3:59 p.m. – South East of King’s Lynn
- 4:00pm – RAF Marham Exhibition
- 4.30pm – East of Foulden
- 4.33pm – Northeast of Peterborough
- 4.38pm – near Muston
- 4:40 p.m. – Northeast of North Muskham
- 4.41pm – Surroundings of Cottam
- 4.43pm – Flyby of Thanock Park
- 4:43 p.m. – North of Blyton
- 4.45pm – Return to RAF Scampton
Why were the Red Arrows grounded last week?
The Red Arrows were temporarily grounded last Friday (July 22nd).
RAF tweeted: “Following further detailed technical investigations, we are pleased to report that the @rafredarrows have been cleared to resume activity immediately.”
View part of a recent ad
The spectacular performance at the Making Waves Festival in Irvine on July 23rd certainly wowed the audience.
And it looked fantastic too!
See part of the ad here:
What are the red arrows?
The Red Arrows are officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.
It is the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Team.
The Red Arrows are based at RAF Scrampton in Lincolnshire.
The team was formed in late 1964, replacing the then unofficial display teams.
Almost 60 years later, the Red Arrows are one of the world’s leading aerobatic teams.
What planes are the Red Arrows?
The Red Arrows themselves are distinctive Hawk fast jets – the BAE Systems Hawk T1.
They are the same jets used for advanced pilot training and they have two seats.
The jets are modified to allow the aircraft to produce the signature red, white, and blue smoke associated with the Red Arrows.
Originally the Folland Gnat was used for the display team but was replaced by the Hawk jets in 1978.
Who flies the Red Arrows?
Since 1996, the Red Arrows team has consisted of nine display pilots, all of whom are volunteers.
The pilots complete a three-year tour with the Red Arrows and then return to other roles in the RAF.
The team consists of three first-year pilots, three second-year pilots and three third-year pilots.
In order to volunteer for the Red Arrows, pilots must have completed one or more tours and have flown fast jets such as the Tornado, Harrier or Typhoon.
Who are the “Blues”?
The Red Arrows are supported by a team of 85 engineers known as the “Blues”.
It is made up of members from various RAF technical and support professions.