THE Red Arrows will be taking to the skies this weekend as part of the Midlands Air Show.
It is the first UK public display from the RAF aerobatics display team since July 2019. Here is everything you need to know about where and when you can spot them.
The Red Arrows breaking formation with white smoke[/caption]
How can I see the red arrows today and this weekend?
The Red Arrows are kicking off the Midlands Air Show at 6.20pm on June 4.
They will be leaving Fairford, Gloucestershire, at 6.05pm and will finish back in the same location at 6.56pm – meaning the aircrafts will be air bound for almost an hour.
In that time, the team will also fly over the following locations:
- Fairford, Gloucestershire – 6.05pm
- North west of Aldsworth, Gloucestershire – 6.07pm
- South east of Great Malvern, Worcestershire – 6.11pm
- West of Great Malvern, Worcestershire – 6.13pm
- West of Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire – 6.15pm
- North of Redditch, Worcestershire – 6.18pm
- Redditch, Worcestershire – 6.19pm
- Midlands Air Festival, Warwickshire – 6.20pm
- East of Evesham, Worcestershire – 6.42pm
- Fairford, Gloucestershire – 6.56pm
The Red Arrows during an aerobatic display on national Armed Forces Day in 2018[/caption]
Then the following day, on June 5, the arrows will do a second display which starts at 12.45pm.
The full schedule is as follows:
- Fairford, Gloucestershire – 12.45pm
- North west of Aldsworth, Gloucestershire – 12.47pm
- South east of Great Malvern, Worcestershire – 12.51pm
- West of Great Malvern, Worcestershire – 12.53pm
- West of Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire – 12.55pm
- North of Redditch, Worcestershire – 12.58pm
- Redditch, Worcestershire – 12.59pm
- Midlands Air Festival, Warwickshire – 1pm
- East of Evesham, Worcestershire – 1.22pm
- Fairford, Gloucestershire – 1.30pm
The arrows will take a different route that afternoon, from Fairford to Exeter, starting at 4.20pm.
Here is where you can catch them then:
- Fairford, Gloucestershire – 4.20pm
- Swindon, Wiltshire – 4.22pm
- East of Malmesbury, Wiltshire – 4.23pm
- East of Upton Noble, Somerset – 4.28pm
- South west of Sturminster Newton, Dorset – 4.31pm
- Exeter, Devon – 4.38pm
The Royal Air Force aerobic team perform a display during the national Armed Forces Day celebrations at Llandudno, north Wales on June 30, 2018[/caption]
And on June 6 you have another chance to watch the display.
The Red Arrows will fly from Exeter to perform a flypast at Bessin in Normandy, France, for the 77th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
This is at 2.09pm as part of the Shuttleworth Flying Festival of Britain Air Show, and forms part of a wider display:
- Exeter, Devon – 1.35pm
- Cullompton, Devon – 1.37pm
- South west of Norton St Philip, Somerset – 1.45pm
- West of Great Malvern, Worcestershire – 1.53pm
- South east of Worcester, Worcestershire – 1.55pm
- Midlands Air Festival, Warwickshire – 1.57pm
- West of Stratford Upon Avon, Stratford Upon Avon – 1.58pm
- North west of Oxhill, Warwickshire – 1.59pm
- Long Compton, Warwickshire – 2pm
- Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire – 2.06pm
- North west of Clophill, Bedfordshire – 2.08pm
- Shuttleworth Festival, Bedfordshire – 2.09pm
- Potton, Bedfordshire – 2.10pm
- North west of March, Cambridgeshire – 2.14pm
- North west of Bottesford, Leicestershire – 2.20pm
- Collingham, Nottinghamshire – 2.22pm
- RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire – 2.25pm
All timings and routes may change due to weather or other requirements.
When is the Midlands Airshow?
The Midlands Airshow returns for a third year from June 4 to 6.
It takes place at Ragley Hall in Alcester, Warwickshire, and features displays from the RAF Red Arrows, RAF Typhoon, BBMF Spitfire Pair, and the RAF Falcons.
The website describes the event as a “spectacular aviation event” with “great trade stands, children’s rides and more entertainment than ever before”.
The Red Arrows fly over Buckingham Palace as members of the Royal Family stand on the balcony to watch on June 8, 2019[/caption]
Can I still buy tickets?
Tickets for The Midlands Airshow are still available but organisers warn availability is “running low”.
They can be purchased from See Tickets but must be bought in advance as none will be available on the door.
Adult tickets cost £26, youth tickets (aged 14 to 16) cost £13, and children under 13 go for free.
All visitors must have a valid ticket and car parking pass to gain entry to the site,
Sadly all camping and glamping tickets are completely sold out.
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The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, more commonly known as the Red Arrows, were formed in the early 1960s to become the public face of the RAF.
They are known for their combination of close formations and precision flying as well as using coloured vapour trails leaving red, white and blue across the sky.
The Red Arrows were given their nickname as the training aircraft they use is predominantly red in colour.