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Where to see the Red Arrows display in 2019

Below is a list of locations where the Red Arrows were scheduled to perform displays in June and July, before departure to tour North America later in the summer.

Dates and displays are subject to change, due to operational, weather and other factors, right up to the show time itself. Exact display times are released towards the actual date of performances.

For more information about the events, please contact show organisers directly.

These dates and locations are for aerobatic displays only – flypasts are confirmed closer to the appearance and further details are made available in the table detailing transit times, also on this page.


Red Arrows North American tour 2019

Full display sequence 2019

The Red Arrows’ aerobatic display changes each year. On this page, you can see the individual manoeuvres which featured in the 2019 season’s full show.

The first half of the Red Arrows’ display consists of synchronised, formation aerobatics, followed by a more dynamic second half.

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. The Synchro Pair, Reds 6 and 7, perform the highly-popular opposition manoeuvres during this latter section of the show. During a display, Red 10 acts as the team’s Supervisor who maintains two-way radio contact with the Team Leader. He also provides the commentary.

Types of display

There are three types of display the Team Leader can elect to fly – full, rolling or flat. To carry out a full, looping, display the base of the cloud must be above 5,500ft to avoid the aircraft entering the cloud at the top of the loop. If the cloud base is less than 5,500ft, but more than 2,500ft, the team will perform the rolling display – substituting wing-overs and rolls for the loops. And when the cloud base is below 2,500ft, the team will fly the flat display, consisting of a series of flypasts and steep turns.

Busy all year

The Red Arrows begin training for the forthcoming season almost as soon as the previous year has ended.

Typically, winter training starts in October, with small groups of three or four aircraft formations. Each pilot flies three sorties a day, five days a week, and the formations grow in aircraft number as training progresses.

These flights involve a thorough brief, debrief and discussion to ensure safety is paramount and the formations are precise. One complete cycle consisting of these elements lasts about two hours, usually with a 30-minute flight.

Winter training lasts until mid-March, when the team usually moves overseas to a location with more predictable, settled weather to maximise flying hours and perfect the display. This is known as Exercise Springhawk.

During Springhawk the team is assessed by senior Royal Air Force officers, with the aim of gaining Public Display Authority. If this is awarded, the team’s pilots change from green coveralls into their famous red flying suits and the ground crew are allowed to wear their royal blue display coveralls.

The season then officially begins and public performances by the Red Arrows are permitted.

Transit times

During the display season, the Red Arrows often carry out two shows and several flypasts in one day - using various locations across the UK and overseas as operating bases.

Here you can find times of arrival and departure from airfields, as well as information on show times and flypasts.

However, the times and details are subject to change - without the opportunity to update this page - and the schedule should not be used by aviators or for route planning. The Red Arrows' social media channels are updated with display/flypast times and any changes.


Request a display or flypast for 2019/2020

The decision on where the Red Arrows perform is controlled by the Royal Air Force Events Team and follows a carefully-managed application process.

To apply for a display send the RAF Display Team 2020 Application Form, Word Doc Version or PDF 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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