With a trademark combination of close formations and precision flying, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, has been displaying since 1965. One of the premier aerobatic teams in the world, the Red Arrows are the public face of the Royal Air Force and are ambassadors for the United Kingdom.
The team is made up of more than 120 people, including pilots, engineers and essential support staff. Together, they demonstrate the excellence and capabilities of the Royal Air Force and the Service’s skilled, talented people.
Based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, the Red Arrows had flown 4,800 displays in 57 countries, as of the end of 2016 - the Squadron's 52nd season.
The team has a number of important roles:
- To support UK industry and commerce
- To demonstrate excellence, precision and the best of British
- To showcase the professionalism of the Armed Forces - their capability, innovation and adaptation
- To carry out defence diplomacy overseas, providing vital support for UK industry
- To be global ambassadors for the Royal Air Force, Armed Forces and UK
- To aid recruitment into the Armed Forces
Find out the answers to frequently asked questions
The Red Arrows are not just busy during the summer season, the Squadron is hard at work throughout the year.
The dual control BAE Systems Hawk T1 has been used by the Red Arrows since 1979, replacing the Folland Gnat.
The Red Arrows help more than 500 UK charities every year, supporting a variety of important causes directly and indirectly.