RAF Red Arrows and Typhoon open Farnborough International Airshow

Image shows Red Arrows performing in formation over airfield.

A Royal Air Force Typhoon jet flanked by the Red Arrows performed a joint flypast on the opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow.


The event, which runs until Friday, is a global platform for the aerospace and defence industry and is an opportunity to showcase UK innovation to a significant international audience.

Hawk aircraft from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, with their distinctive Union flag-design tailfins, joined the Typhoon this morning in the skies above the airshow.

One of the core aims of the Red Arrows is to inspire and providing an exciting mixed formation flypast over Farnborough International Airshow is a great way to herald the start of this huge event – one which brings together a global audience to celebrate and explore the future of aviation and space.

Squadron Leader Tom Bould
Red Arrows Team Leader, Red 1

The latest Farnborough International, which attracts around 1,500 companies, is the first face-to-face airshow for three years, following a successful Farnborough Connect in 2020 and 2021.

Image shows Red Arrows and Typhoon in flight.

It brings together governments, prime contractors, manufacturers, academics and many other influential representatives in one place to encourage collaboration and growth.

The UK aerospace, defence, security and space industry had an annual turnover of £77 billion in 2021, supporting 415,000 jobs. The UK remains the second largest global defence exporter and in 2021 industry saw exports worth £34 billion.

The Red Arrows are carrying out the team’s biggest display season since 2018, with more than 70 shows at home and overseas, representing the UK and showcasing the excellence of the Royal Air Force.

Image shows Red Arrows and Typhoons in flight over an airport.

A list of airshows and events where the Red Arrows will be performing in 2022 is available on the team’s website.

A second flypast by the Red Arrows of Farnborough International Airshow will take place on Friday, July 2022 – on a day billed as the Pioneers of Tomorrow by the event organisers. It will highlight the best in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) and is aimed at giving unprecedented access to the industry for those interested in a future in the sector.

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