Red Arrows today: next display, flight path, 2022 schedule and timings

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Red Arrows have a packed weekend of displays planned.

The famous RAF jets attended the opening ceremony for Birmingham 2022 last month before going on a mid-season break.

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The Jets will be performing at both the Whitby Regatta and the Blackpool Air Show in the coming hours.

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It comes after the Red Arrows flew into Edinburgh on Friday (12 August) and performed a flyover of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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Here’s everything you need to know:

When and where are the next Red Arrows screenings?

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The Red Arrows performed at the Falmouth Week Display on Wednesday (10 August).

The famous jets put on displays at RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley on Thursday (11 August) before flying to Scotland yesterday (12 August) for a flyby of the Edinburgh Tattoo.

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To round off the week, the Red Arrows are performing at the Whitby Regatta and Blackpool Air Show today (13th August).

When can you see the Red Arrows at Whitby Regatta and Blackpool Air Show?

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Here is the flight path and times for the Red Arrows on Saturday 13th August:

Edinburgh Airport to RAF Scampton

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  • 10h08 – Depart Edinburgh Airport
  • 10.10am – NE of Penicuik
  • 10.12am – South of Peebles
  • 10:19 am – SE from Ancroft
  • 10:28 am – Over sea
  • 10:32 a.m. – VCY Scaling Dam
  • 10.43am – E of North Owersby
  • 10h45 – Arrive at RAF Scampton

RAF Scampton to Whitby Regatta

  • 1.15pm – Departs RAF Scampton
  • 1:17 p.m. – NW of Willingham by Stow
  • 1:24 p.m. – S of Kirby Grindalythe
  • 1.26pm – S of Barton Le Street
  • 1.29pm – VCY of Goathland
  • 1.30pm – Whitby performance
  • 1:52 p.m. – Over sea
  • 2pm – W of Walkington
  • 2:04 p.m. – SE from Kirby
  • 2.05pm – Return to RAF Scampton

Blackpool Air Show display and Warton flyover

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  • 4.38pm – Departs RAF Scampton
  • 4.40pm – South West of Upton
  • 4.44pm – VCY from Welham Bridge
  • 4.47pm – NW Haxby
  • 4.52pm – VCY Grimworth Reserve
  • 4.54pm – N of Grimsarch
  • 4.59pm – VCY from Greenhaigh
  • 5pm – Blackpool Air Show exhibition
  • 17:21 – Over sea
  • 5:23 p.m. – Over sea
  • 5.27pm – SE from Brinscall
  • 5.28pm – SW Copster Green
  • 5:29 p.m. – VCY from Preston
  • 5.30pm – Warton flyby
  • 5.31pm – Country Blackpool

Where are the Red Arrows stationed?

The Red Arrows are currently based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

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They first moved to the base in 1983 but in 1995 the Jets moved to RAF Cranwell some 20 miles away due to the mothballing of RAF Scampton.

The Red Arrows returned to RAF Scampton in 2000 when the base reopened.

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However, RAF Scampton is set to close – the Ministry of Defense announced in 2018 that the base would be closed with a 2022 closure date.

When the base closes the Red Arrows will relocate to RAF Waddington and remain in Lincolnshire.

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How many red arrows are there

The Red Arrows performed at the shows as a seven-man team in 2022, but there was a full team of nine players for the anniversary.

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The spectacular performance at the Making Waves Festival in Irvine on July 23rd certainly wowed the audience.

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And it looked fantastic too!

See part of the ad here:

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What are the red arrows?

The Red Arrows are the grand finale for both nights of the Southport Airshow

The Red Arrows are officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.

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It is the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Team.

The Red Arrows are based at RAF Scrampton in Lincolnshire.

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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.

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What planes are the Red Arrows?

The Red Arrows themselves are distinctive Hawk fast jets – the Hawk T1 from BAE Systems.

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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.

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Originally the Folland Gnat was used for the display team but was replaced by the Hawk jets in 1978.

Who flies the Red Arrows?

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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.

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The team consists of three first-year pilots, three second-year pilots and three third-year pilots.

To be able to volunteer for the Red Arrows, pilots must have completed one or more mission tours and have flown fast jets such as the Tornado, Harrier or Typhoon.

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Who are the “Blues”?

The Red Arrows are supported by a team of 85 engineers known as the “Blues”.

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It is made up of members from various RAF technical and support professions.

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