Chinook Display Team

2020 Display - Coronavirus

Following the suspension of the Chinook Display Team Season, we are sad to announce that the decision has been made to cancel the remainder of the 2020 season. We will continue to explore the virtual display circuit this year and look forward to a live display in 2021.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Preparing For a Display

Before the display season gets under way the entire crew must undergo an intense work-up under the supervision of one of the squadron executives. For the 2020 Display Season this job has fallen to Squadron Leader John Plenty.

Engineers prepare the display aircraft
Image: Cpl Tim Laurence, RAF

Unlike dedicated display teams, such as the Red Arrows or Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - the RAF Chinook Display Team is drawn from front-line aircrew who still have important primary roles to fulfill. Whilst the team are busy rehearsing the display the Display Managers are busy planning for air show appearances, putting together the team's promotional material, engaging with the media and readying the transport arrangements that allow a team of around 10 engineers to arrive at shows ahead of the display aircraft. All of these tasks must be completed alongside the crew members' routine tasks and secondary duties.

Before a weekend of display flying the team must attend a met brief, detailing the day's weather, plus a display brief outlining the exact procedures for the day. Once this is done the captain will conduct a final sortie brief and sign for the aircraft which has been prepared by skilled engineers. The team will drive to the aircraft, conduct a walk-round to ensure that everything appears to be in order and then start the engines and load the avionic systems. This small section of the day can take hours, depending on the nature of the show.

2021 Display Sequence

Coming Soon

Please note that the Sequence is subject to weather conditions including visibility and cloud base as well as the designated Display Area.

Request a Display 2021

The decision on where the Royal Air Force Chinook Display Team perform in 2021 is controlled by the Royal Air Force Events Team and follows a carefully-managed application process. To apply send the RAF Display Team 2021 Application Form PDF Version or Word Doc Version to the RAF Air Events Team at : 

By post:

RAF Air Events Team,
Bentley Priory Building,
RAF Northolt,
West End Road,
HA4 6NG.

By phone: 020 8833 8769 / 020 8833 8762


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