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Red Arrows North American Tour 2019

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With a combination of dynamic displays, iconic flypasts and inspiring ground activities, the Red Arrows are on a major tour of North America.

It is the biggest-ever visit by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team to Canada and the United States and the first to the two countries in more than a decade.

The tour aims to promote the best of British and deepen partnerships with close friends and allies.

The 11 week deployment is an indication of the UK’s continuing commitment to enduring relationships, mutual prosperity and extensive security cooperation.

With stops across the continent, the tour comprises aerobatic displays, flypasts of well-known landmarks and dozens of ground engagements – from business receptions to sessions highlighting the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths subjects to young people.

Each show is a demonstration of creativity, engineering excellence and innovation – not just hallmarks of the Red Arrows and RAF but of the proven capabilities, strengths and skills of the UK.

Moreover, the tour provides chance to celebrate and enhance international trade and investment between the UK, Canada and the US, worth more than £208 billion in 2018.

This activity develops a longstanding, successful record of the Red Arrows supporting the GREAT Britain Campaign – highlighting opportunities across business, education and tourism. For more information visit https://www.great.gov.uk/international/

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Tour stats

  • More than 20 displays
  • 98 separate ground engagements
  • 11 years since the Red Arrows last visited North America
  • 108 people on tour, including pilots, engineers and support staff
  • 12 Red Arrows Hawk aircraft and 1 Atlas A400M RAF transport aircraft

The Red Arrows’ Hawk T1 jets will be flown to North America over three days.

This is because, as primarily training aircraft, they were not intended to refuel in the air and do not have the range to make the transatlantic crossing in one sortie.

After leaving the team’s base of RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, UK, they will be flown via several stops, including airfields in Scotland, Iceland and Greenland, before reaching Canada and eventually Halifax – the first major location of the tour.

Atlas 400M aircraft
An RAF Atlas A400M transporter aircraft will accompany the Red Arrows for the tour to carry personnel and equipment.

See the Red Arrows in North America

Locations

Below is the latest list of locations where the Red Arrows will visit in Canada and the United States. Activities will typically include either a flypast, display or ground engagement-only – or a combination of these elements. Venues and places are subject to change. More details for each location will be released ahead of each stop and date:

Inspiring the next generation

The Red Arrows will take part in ground engagements across the continent to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths subjects to young people.

More about how the RAF is inspiring STEM careers

Red Arrows pilot talking with students

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