Red arrows flying during a display with coloured smoke


Since 1965, and by the end of the 2016 season, the Red Arrows had flown more than 4,800 displays in 57 countries worldwide.

The display seen by millions of people every summer is the result of nearly eight months' intensive training each year.

The majority of this practice is completed during the winter months at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire.

Training allows the pilots to perfect their three different types of display, which are flown depending on the weather conditions of a show location.

In this section, you can learn when training flights are taking place, how a display is flown, where shows are scheduled and see some of the formations used in a performance.

Asia-Pacific & Middle East Tour 2016

Tour 2016 map

The Red Arrows have embarked on the team’s biggest overseas tour in a decade.

Full display sequence

Ribbon Diagrams

Ribbon diagrams showing each of the formations of the full display in the Red Arrows' 2016 season.

Flying a display

Red arrows flying over the sea

Reds 1 to 5 form the front section of the team’s formation, known as Enid, and Reds 6 to 9 make up the rear part, called Gypo.

Winter training

Winter scenes at Scampton

Training for the next season starts almost as soon as the previous campaign finishes. It sees practice sorties at both RAF Scampton and overseas.

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