Where to see the Red Arrows display in 2021
Locations where the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team will display this summer are yet-to-be released.
The RAF Events Team - rather than the Red Arrows - collate bids from airshow organisers and task the Service's display assets.
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.
Dates and locations, when listed below, are for aerobatic displays only – flypasts are confirmed closer to the appearance and further details are made available in a table detailing transit times, also on this page.
Full display sequence 2020
The Red Arrows’ aerobatic display changes each year. On this page, you can see the individual manoeuvres which featured in the 2020 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.
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.
When the season is underway, 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 2020-21
The decision on where the Red Arrows perform is controlled by the Royal Air Force Events Team and follows a carefully-managed application process.
If you would like to request an RAF air display at your event, please use the Display Request form below and submit by the 30th September deadline.
Word Doc: RAF Display Application 2021
The RAF can also conduct flypasts by various assets at public events. If you would like to be considered for a flypast only at your event, please complete the Flypast Request form and submit by the 30th November deadline.
Word Doc: RAF Flypast Application 2021
Air Events Team at : CER-AirEventsTeam@mod.gov.uk
RAF Air Events Team,
Bentley Priory Building,
West End Road,
By phone: 020 8833 8769 / 020 8833 8762