Red Arrows displays

These were locations and dates for where the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team was invited to display in 2023.

The RAF Events Team – rather than the Red Arrows – collate bids from airshow organisers and task the Service’s display assets.

Also on this page, you will find information and a link on how to request a display or flypast for a public event.

 

Full display sequence

The Red Arrows’ aerobatic display changes each year. On this page, you can see the individual manoeuvres which featured in the 2023 season’s full show.

The first half of the Red Arrows’ display consists of synchronised, formation aerobatics, followed by a more dynamic second half.

Reds 1 to 5 form the front section of the team’s formation, known as Enid – named after the famous British children’s writer Enid Blyton, author of the Famous Five. The rear section of the formation comprises Reds 6 to 8 and is called Hanna, in honour of one of the team’s founding pilots and early leaders. This section includes the Synchro Pair, Reds 6 and 7, who perform the highly-popular opposition manoeuvres during this latter section of the show. During a display, Red 10 acts as the team’s Supervisor who maintains two-way radio contact with the Team Leader. Red 10 also provides the commentary.

Types of display

There are three types of display the Team Leader can elect to fly – full, rolling or flat. To carry out a full, looping, display the base of the cloud must be above 5,500ft to avoid the aircraft entering the cloud at the top of the loop. If the cloud base is less than 5,500ft, but more than 2,500ft, the team will perform the rolling display – substituting wing-overs and rolls for the loops. When the cloud base is below 2,500ft, the team will fly the flat display, consisting of a series of flypasts and steep turns.

Busy all year

The Red Arrows begin training for the forthcoming season almost as soon as the previous year has ended.

Typically, winter training starts in October, with small groups of three or four aircraft formations. Each pilot flies three sorties a day, five days a week, and the formations grow in aircraft number as training progresses.

These flights involve a thorough brief, debrief and discussion to ensure safety is paramount and the formations are precise. One complete cycle consisting of these elements lasts about two hours, usually with a 30-minute flight.

Winter training lasts until mid-March or early-April, when the team usually moves overseas to a location with more predictable, settled weather to maximise flying hours and perfect the display. This is known as Exercise Springhawk.

During Springhawk the team is assessed by senior Royal Air Force officers, with the aim of gaining Public Display Authority. If this is awarded, the team’s pilots change from green coveralls into their famous red flying suits and the ground crew are allowed to wear their royal blue display coveralls.

The season then officially begins and public performances by the Red Arrows are permitted.

Transits and times

During the display season, the Red Arrows often carry out two shows and several flypasts in one day - using various locations across the UK and overseas as operating bases.

When the season is underway, you can often find times of arrival and departure from airfields, as well as information on show times and flypasts by visiting our official social media channels - on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

However, the times and details are subject to change - without the opportunity to provide live updates - and the schedule should not be used by aviators or for route planning. Way points and navigation details are also not to be confused with official flypasts and public events or displays - the Red Arrows do not always transit at low level heights and people may be disappointed if they go to these locations expecting to see the aircraft.

Request a display or flypast 2024

The RAF will not routinely conduct flypasts at corporate events or at private events such as weddings, birthdays or funerals etc.

The application deadline for 2024 flypast and display requests has now passed.

Applications for the 2025 display season will be available on this site by the end of June 2024. The deadlines for 2025 requests will be as follows:

Display Applications: 30 September 2024

Flypast Applications: 30 November 2024

Flying displays can only be conducted at recognised display venues under the supervision of a CAA-accredited flying display director. 

All correspondence to the RAF Air Events Team should be submitted electronically to [email protected]. We are no longer accepting applications via post.

Red Arrows video playlist

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Red Arrows Magnum break over RAF Scampton

In a huge loop, this is all nine Red Arrows jets arriving back at RAF Scampton in a very efficient – and visually-appealing – break-to-land procedure known as a Magnum.

Red Arrows Magnum break over RAF Scampton

In a huge loop, this is all nine Red Arrows jets arriving back at RAF Scampton in a very efficient – and visually-appealing – break-to-land procedure known as a Magnum.

Rolling with the Red Arrows

This incredible footage takes you inside – and upside down – in a Red Arrows jet during a training flight by the team along the Lincolnshire coastline. The manoeuvre is called Mirror Roll and, in this clip, you can see why Reds 6 and 7 are known as the Synchro Pair, as they roll together with huge precision, above and below.

Red Arrows airborne photographer films Tornado

See how the Red Arrows’ skilled photographer, flying with Red 10, gets footage of the team carrying out a training flight in Greece. In this video, RAF photographer Corporal Adam Fletcher gets film of the Tornado manoeuvre from above.

Red Arrows Boomerang

Introducing a brand new manoeuvre for the Red Arrows - this is Boomerang. Watch Reds 6 and 7 carry out this huge move, as the finale for their part in the 2021 display by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.

Red Arrows fly with RAF Poseidon sub-hunter

The Red Arrows flank the Royal Air Force’s new submarine-hunter, the Poseidon MRA1 (P-8A), in a flypast over RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland – home to the UK’s Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

Red Arrows cockpit view of Slalom move

This is what it’s like to fly with the Red Arrows, as the team carries out a manoeuvre called Slalom during the 2021 display season. It shows the precision flying needed by Reds 2-5, as they swap sides in the formation.

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