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RAF's new submarine-hunter aircraft first flight with Red Arrows

Red Arrows in formation with Poseidon and Union Jack smoke trails.

RAF’s new submarine-hunter aircraft has flown in formation with the Red Arrows for the first time. 

Flanked by the distinctive Hawk jets of the RAF Aerobatic Team, the Poseidon MRA1 (P-8A) carried out the flypast over its base of RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland.  As part of the joint flypast, the Poseidon flew over the impressive new £100 million P8 Strategic Facility – home to the UK’s Maritime Patrol Aircraft.  The sortie marked the Red Arrows’ arrival at the Moray station ahead of its annual Friends and Family Day event later in the day. 

Red Arrows in formation with Poseidon and Union Jack smoke trails.

RAF Lossiemouth is benefiting from a massive growth and multi-million pound investment programme.  It is currently home to five Poseidon MRA1 aircraft with another four due to arrive by the end of 2021.  The RAF’s new Wedgetail aircraft, successor to the current E3 Sentry airborne early warning and command and control fleet, will also be based at the Station.

“What an impressive entrance!  RAF Lossiemouth is delighted to welcome back the Red Arrows who haven’t had opportunity to display here since 2019.  Since then our runway has been resurfaced, we have grown a fourth operational Typhoon squadron, continued to deliver 24/7 quick reaction alert – securing the UK’s skies – and we now are home to the UK’s fleet of Poseidon MRA1 submarine-hunting aircraft.”

Group Captain Chris Layden
Station Commander RAF Lossiemouth

The annual Friends and Family Day is an important opportunity to say thank you to all Station staff and their families for their support.  It has been run as a drive-in air display for 2021, to ensure it is fully compliant with Scottish Government COVID-19 regulations for large events.

Red Arrows in formation with Poseidon.

As well as displaying at RAF Lossiemouth, the Red Arrows are performing a show at Peterhead as part of Scottish Week.

Further display dates are available from the RAF Aerobatic Team page.