Red Arrows today: next display, schedule and timings

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Red Arrows have been on hiatus since their appearance at the Commonwealth Games.

The famous RAF jets took part in the opening ceremony for Birmingham 2022.

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But they are back in action in the coming days, with exhibitions planned across the country.

Here’s everything you need to know:

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When and where is the next performance?

The Red Arrows will perform the Falmouth Week Display on Wednesday (10th August).

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They fly from Scampton to Exeter before the performance.

The Red Arrows then perform at the Whitby Regatta and Blackpool on 13 August.

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What is the flight route and flight times for Falmouth?

Military Airshows have confirmed the flight path, route and timetable for the Red Arrows’ August 10 display and flight from Scampton to Exeter.

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Scampton to Exeter with cadet camp flyover

  • 1.57pm – Scampton departs
  • 1:59 p.m. – SE of Fiskerton
  • 2.02pm – South West of Donnington
  • 2.06pm – N of Borrough on the Hill
  • 2.11pm – Rushden VCY
  • 2:20 p.m. – VCY by Andover
  • 2:25 p.m. – VCY by Calne
  • 2.31pm – West of Edington
  • 2.36pm – West of Bickleigh
  • 2.38pm – VCY from Spreyton
  • 2.40pm – Flyby Cadet Camp
  • 2.41pm – VCY from Stowford
  • 2:42 p.m. – N of Gunnislake
  • 2:46 p.m. – VCY of Seale Hayne Uni
  • 2.48pm – NE of Exmouth
  • 2.49pm – Exeter

Falmout displays route and time information

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  • 5.43pm – Departs Exeter
  • 5.45pm – NW of Brandninch
  • 5.50pm – VCY by Witherdon Wood
  • 5:52 p.m. – N of Gunnislake
  • 5:58pm – NE of Jollys Bottom
  • 17:59 – VCY Cusgarne
  • 6.00pm – Exhibition in Falmouth
  • 6:21 p.m. – Overseas
  • 6.27pm – NW of Wembury
  • 6.29pm – N of Loddiswell
  • 6.32pm – VCY Teignmouth
  • 6.33pm – Overflight Exmouth RNLI
  • 6:34 p.m. – Knowle
  • 6.35pm – Exeter

The Falmouth exhibition lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Where are the Red Arrows stationed?

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

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.

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

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.

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

How many red arrows are there

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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.

View part of a recent ad

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

And it looked fantastic too!

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See part of the ad here:

What are the red arrows?

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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.

It is the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Team.

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The Red Arrows are based at RAF Scrampton in Lincolnshire.

The team was formed in late 1964, replacing the then unofficial display teams.

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Almost 60 years later, the Red Arrows are one of the world’s leading aerobatic teams.

What planes are the Red Arrows?

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

They are the same jets used for advanced pilot training and they have two seats.

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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.

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Who flies the Red Arrows?

Since 1996, the Red Arrows team has consisted of nine display pilots, all of whom are volunteers.

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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.

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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”?

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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.

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