The 2022 schedule for the Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, has been announced.
The team will perform on a total of 50 occasions this year.
Here’s everything you need to know, including locations, venues and dates.
Who are the Red Arrows, and who is on the 2022 team?
The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, is the aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force based at RAF Scampton.
The team was formed in late 1964 as an all-RAF team, and all the pilots who display each year are volunteers.
The first display by the Red Arrows was at RAF Little Rissington on 6 May 1965. Its purpose was to introduce the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team to the media.
The first public display, however, was on 9 May 1965 in France, at the French National Air Day. The first public display in the UK was on 15 May 1965 at the Biggin Hill International Air Fair.
The 11 Red Arrows display pilots are fast jet pilots from front line Royal Air Force squadrons.
Once they have finished their three year tour with the team they will return to their Royal Air Force duties.
Here are the 11 pilots who make up the Red Arrows this year:
- Officer Commanding - Wing Commander David Montenegro
- Red One (Team Leader) - Squadron Leader Tom Bould
- Red Two - Flight Lieutenant Stuart Roberts
- Red Three - Flight Lieutenant Patrick Kershaw
- Red Four - Flight Lieutenant Will Cambridge
- Red Five - Squadron Leader Nick Critchell
- Red Six (Synchro Leader) - Squadron Leader Gregor Ogston
- Red Seven (Synchro Two) - Flight Lieutenant James Turner
- Red Eight - Squadron Leader Jon Bond
- Red Nine - Flight Lieutenant David Simmonds
- Red Ten (Supervisor) - Squadron Leader Adam Collins
Where will the Red Arrows displays take place?
The Red Arrows will display at events up and down the country, starting at the Midlands Air Festival on June 2 and 3.
They then go on to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival, the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone and Bournemouth Air Festival.
The final UK display date for 2022 is at the Great North Run in Newcastle on September 11.
What are the full UK display dates?
The full UK display dates, as they stand in March 2022, are below.
Exact times of each aerobatic display will be confirmed by the event organisers when they are available.
Dates, locations and times are also subject to change.
- June 2 and 3 – Midlands Air Festival
- June 3, 4 and 5 – English Riviera Airshow (Torbay), Devon
- June 7 – Isle of Man TT
- June 11 – Teeside Airshow
- June 12 – Cosford Airshow
- June 17 – Isle of Wight Festival
- June 23, 24 and 26 – Goodwood Festival of Speed
- June 24 – Headcorn Airshow
- June 25 – Scarborough National Armed Forces’ Day
- June 25 – Cleethorpes National Armed Forces’ Day
- June 26 – West Air Festival (Weston-super-Mare)
- July 2 and 3 – Wales National Airshow (Swansea)
- July 2 – Teignmouth Airshow
- July 3 – Silverstone (British F1 Grand Prix)
- July 9 and 10 – Southport Airshow
- July 15, 16 and 17 – Royal International Air Tattoo
- July 20 – Peterhead (Scottish Week)
- July 23 – The Making Waves Festival (Irvine, Scotland)
- August 10 – Falmouth Week, Cornwall
- August 13 – Whitby Regatta
- August 13 and 14 – Blackpool Airshow
- August 17 – Cromer Carnival
- August 18, 19, 20 and 21 – Airbourne (Eastbourne International Airshow)
- August 21 – Folkestone Air Display
- August 25 and 26 – Clacton Airshow
- August 26 – Sidmouth
- August 27 and 28 – Rhyl Airshow
- September 1, 2, 3 and 4 – Bournemouth Air Festival
- September 8 – Guernsey Air Display
- September 9 – Jersey International Air Display
- September 10 – Causeway International Airshow (Portrush, Northern Ireland)
- September 11 – Great North Run, Newcastle
You can find out more details about each event on the official RAF website.
Where else will the Red Arrows perform displays?
Overseas display dates for the Red Arrows are expected to be released soon.
What will the Red Arrows displays look like?
The Red Arrows’ aerobatic display changes each year.
The new 2022 display will be revealed when the team has successfully been granted Public Display Authority.
This is where the team performs their proposed display sequence for assessors who then determine whether they can perform it in front of the public.
This permission is usually granted in May.
In the meantime, you can see the individual manoeuvres which featured in the 2021 season’s full show on the official RAF website.
One thing we do know is that the first half of the Red Arrows’ display always has synchronised, formation aerobatics, whereas the second half is more dynamic.
Will these Red Arrows displays include flypasts?
A flypast is a ceremonial or honorific flight by a group of aircraft or a single aircraft.
The list of displays included above does not include flypasts, but the Red Arrows do perform these.
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