Red Arrows today: 2022 schedule, next display, Falmouth route, when you can see them next

Red Arrows will be performing at two RAF Family Days

Red Arrows are back in action and set for a busy few days.

The famous RAF jets took part in the opening ceremony for Birmingham 2022 last month before taking a mid-season break.

But the Red Arrows are back in action, with displays at RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley taking place on Thursday (11 August).

It is just the latest event the famed aircraft team has taken part in, including the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Here’s all you need to know:

When and where are the next Red Arrows displays?

The Red Arrows performed at Falmouth Week Display on Wednesday (10 August).

The famous jets will perform displays at RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley on Thursday (11 August).

To round out the week, the Red Arrows will then perform at Whitby regatta and in Blackpool on 13 August.

What are the routes and timings for Thursday displays?

Military Airshows have confirmed the flight path, route and timings for the Red Arrows displays on 11 August

Here are the timings:

Exeter to RAF Shawsbury

  • 10.30am - depart Exeter
  • 10.32am - SE of Cullompton
  • 10.35am - VCY of Minehead
  • 10.38am - over sea
  • 10.41am - VCY of Newport
  • 10.44am - VCY Coleford
  • 10.54am - arrive at RAF Shawsbury

RAF Shawsbury display

  • 12.55pm - depart Shawsbury
  • 12.56pm - VCY of Shotaton
  • 12.57pm - VCY of Baschurch
  • 1pm - Shawsbury display
  • 1.23pm - VCY Bolas Heath
  • 1.25pm - return to Shawsbury

RAF Valley display

  • 4.09pm - depart Shawsbury
  • 4.11pm - N of Baschurch
  • 4.13pm - VCY of Earndon
  • 4.16pm - NE of Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd
  • 4.18pm - W of Hellan
  • 4.20pm - SW of Glasfyrn
  • 4.21pm - S of Betws Y Coed
  • 4.24pm - Over sea
  • 4.26pm - Over sea
  • 4.29pm - SW of Llanerchymedd
  • 4.40pm - Display RAF Valley
  • 4.54pm - Over sea
  • 4.55pm - RAF Valley

RAF Valley to RAF Scampton

  • 7pm - Depart RAF Valley
  • 7.02pm - Over sea
  • 7.04pm - Over sea
  • 7.07pm - VCY of Bryn
  • 7.12pm - VCY Ruthin
  • 7.17pm - VCY Crewe
  • 7.23pm - NW of Wessington
  • 7.26pm - N of New Ollerton
  • 7.27pm - SW of North Scarle
  • 7.29pm - arrive at RAF Scampton

What was the route for display at Falmouth Week Display?

Military Airshows have confirmed the flight path, route and timings for the Red Arrows display on 10 August as well as the flight from Scampton to Exeter.

Here are the timings:

Scampton to Exeter with cadet camp flypast

  • 1.57pm - Scampton depart
  • 1.59pm - SE of Fiskerton
  • 2.02pm - SW of Donnington
  • 2.06pm - N of Borrough on the Hill
  • 2.11pm - VCY of Rushden
  • 2.20pm - VCY of Andover
  • 2.25pm - VCY of Calne
  • 2.31pm - W of Edington
  • 2.36pm - W of Bickleigh
  • 2.38pm - VCY of Spreyton
  • 2.40pm - flypast of Cadet Camp
  • 2.41pm - VCY of Stowford
  • 2.42pm - N of Gunnislake
  • 2.46pm - VCY of Seale Hayne Uni
  • 2.48pm - NE of Exmouth
  • 2.49pm - Exeter

Falmout display route and timings

  • 5.43pm - depart Exeter
  • 5.45pm - NW of Brandninch
  • 5.50pm - VCY of Witherdon Wood
  • 5.52pm - N of Gunnislake
  • 5.58pm - NE of Jollys Bottom
  • 5.59pm - VCY Cusgarne
  • 6pm - Falmouth display
  • 6.21pm - over sea
  • 6.27pm - NW of Wembury
  • 6.29pm - N of Loddiswell
  • 6.32pm - VCY Teignmouth
  • 6.33pm - Flypast Exmouth RNLI
  • 6.34pm - Knowle
  • 6.35pm - Exeter

Display at Falmouth will last around 20 minutes.

Where are the Red Arrows based?

The Red Arrows are currently based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

They first moved to the base in 1983, but in 1995 due to the mothballing of RAF Scampton the jets moved to RAF Cranwell, around 20 miles away.

The Red Arrows returned to RAF Scampton in 2000 when the base was reopened.

However RAF Scampton is set to be closed - it was announced in 2018 by the Ministry of Defence that the base would be closing, with a closure date of 2022 set.

When the base does shut, the Red Arrows will move to RAF Waddington - remaining in Lincolnshire.

How many Red Arrows are there

The Red Arrows have been performing as a seven plane strong team at displays in 2022, however there was a full team of nine for the Jubilee.

Watch part of a recent display

The spectacular display at the Making Waves Festival in Irvine certainly impressed the attendees on 23 July.

And it looked fantastic as well!

Watch part of the display here:

What are the Red Arrows?

The Red Arrows are set as the grand finale for both nights of the Southport Airshow

The Red Arrows are officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.

It is the aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force.

The Red Arrows are based at RAF Scrampton in Lincolnshire.

The team was founded in late 1964 and replaced the unofficial display teams operating at that time.

Fast forward nearly 60 years and the Red Arrows are one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams.

What planes are the Red Arrows?

The Red Arrows themselves are distinctive Hawk fast-jets - the BAE Systems Hawk T1.

It is the same jets used for for advanced pilot training and they have two seats.

The jets are modified to enable the aircraft to produce the distinctive red, white and blue smoke that is associated with the Red Arrows.

Originally the Folland Gnat was used for the display team but were replaced with the Hawk jets in 1978.

Who flies the Red Arrows?

Since 1996, the Red Arrows team has been made up of nine display pilots, all of which are volunteers.

The pilots complete a three-year tour with the Red Arrows and then return to other roles in the RAF.

The team is made up of three first-year pilots, three second-year pilots and three third-year pilots.

In order to be eligible to volunteer for the Red Arrows, pilots must have completed one or more operational tour, flying fast-jets like the Tornado, Harrier, or Typhoon.

Who are the ‘Blues’?

The Red Arrows are supported by a team of 85 engineers, who are known as the “Blues”.

It consists of members drawn from various technical and support trades in the RAF.