May 16, 2022, 15:40

    Red Arrows to display with 7 aircraft not 9 – but where can you see them this summer?

    Red Arrows to display with 7 aircraft not 9 – but where can you see them this summer?

    The Red Arrows have started their training for summer 2022 and Brits will be able to watch their "breath-taking flying" at locations across the UK.

    The Royal Air Force announced on Twitter that its Aerobatic Team – commonly known as The Red Arrows – have started their training ahead of the summer season.

    The squadron's most momentous appearance is set for Thursday June 2, when they will join 70 aircraft from the RAF, Armed Forces and the Royal Navy as they soar over Buckingham Palace to kick off the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    The Queen is expected to watch the flypast with other working members of the Royal Family.

    The MoD said more than 70 aircraft, including the Red Arrows and aircraft used by the UK Armed Forces on operations around the world, would take part in the aerial event.

    The Red Arrows will be flying in a seven-aircraft formation this summer

    @rafredarrows / Twitter)

    It will take six minutes to fly over the crowds and is expected to include more than three times the number of aircraft which took part in the Queen's last birthday parade flypast in central London in 2019.

    The display will include helicopters from the Royal Navy and the Army and RAF aircraft recently seen responding to events in Kabul and Ukraine and the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Red Arrows will be making several more appearances the length and breadth of Britain this summer, with some minor changes to previous years.

    The Red Arrows will be among 70 aircraft from the RAF, Armed Forces and Royal Navy flying past Buckingham Palace to salute The Queen for her Platinum Jubilee on June 2

    @rafredarrows / Twitter)

    According to an RAF press release, the Arrows will fly in a "seven-aircraft formation, rather than nine" this year because two members of the crew have moved to other positions in the air force.

    The seven-aircraft display isn't unheard of and is used "when a situation dictates, such as illness or aircraft availability".

    But despite having two less pilots, the spectacle will be no less impressive, the RAF adds.

    There will be seven Red Arrows this year rather than nine due to pilots taking new positions in the RAF

    @rafredarrows / Twitter)

    The statement reads: "The 2022 display will feature all of the same breath-taking flying, dynamic teamwork and world-class precision the millions watching always expect – combining crowd-favourite manoeuvres with new shapes.

    "All of the team are hard at work, perfecting and polishing this display ahead of the season beginning in late May.

    "We look forward to displaying the best of British in what promises to be the team’s busiest campaign since 2018."

    Find the dates and times of Red Arrow appearances below:


    02-04/06/2022 Midlands Air Festival

    04-05/06/2022 English Riviera Airshow – Torbay

    07/06/2022 The Isle of Man TT Races

    11/06/2022 Teesside Airshow

    12/06/2022 Cosford Airshow

    17/06/2022 Isle of Wight Festival

    19/06/202 Danish Air Show, Karup, Denmark

    23-24/06/2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed

    24/06/2022 Headcorn Airshow

    25/06/2022 Scarborough National Armed Forces' Day

    25/06/2022 Cleethorpes Armed Forces' Day

    26/06/2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed

    26/06/2022 Weston Air Festival –Weston-super-Mare


    02/07/2022 Wales National Airshow – Swansea

    02/07/2022 Teignmouth Airshow

    03/07/2022 Silverstone – British F1 Grand Prix

    03/07/2022 Wales National Airshow – Swansea

    09-10/07/2022 Southport Airshow

    15-17/07/2022 Royal International Air Tattoo

    20/07/2022 Peterhead – Scottish Week

    23/07/2022 The Making Waves Festival 2022, Irvine, Scotland

    24/07/2022 Bray Air Display, Ireland


    10/08/2022 Falmouth Week

    13/08/2022 Whitby Regatta

    13-14/08/2022 Blackpool Airshow

    17/08/2022 Cromer Carnival

    18-21/08/2022 Airbourne – Eastbourne International Airshow

    21/08/2022 Folkestone Air Display

    25-26/08/2022 Clacton Airshow

    26/08/2022 Sidmouth

    27-28/08/2022 Rhyl Airshow


    01-04/09/2022 Bournemouth Air Festival

    08/09/2022 Guernsey Air Display

    08/09/2022 Jersey International Air Display

    10/09/2022 Causeway International Airshow, Portrush, Northern Ireland

    11/09/2022 Great North Run

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