Red Arrows Over Golden Gate


On October 1, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows made two spectacular flypasts over the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco. The Red Arrows are currently deployed on Exercise Westernhawk 2019, which sees them display at numerous venues in the United States and Canada.

The Red Arrows crossing the Golden Gate from the Pacific Ocean. Sgt Ashley Keates, Crown Copyright 2019

It is the first time the Red Arrows have been to North America since 2008 and the deployment is the most ambitious tour of these countries ever undertaken by the team – going coast-to-coast. With stops across the continent, the tour comprises a combination of nearly 20 aerobatic displays, several iconic flypasts and 100 separate ground engagement activities – from business receptions to sessions aimed at inspiring young people.

The RAF said: “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.

“The tour is an indication of the UK’s continuing commitment to enduring relationships, mutual prosperity and extensive security cooperation in the region. 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.”

The Red Arrows outside San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island in the background. Sgt Ashley Keates, Crown Copyright 2019


The Red Arrows fly over San Francisco bay with the city in the background. Sgt Ashley Keates, Crown Copyright 2019

Trailing red, white and blue smoke, the Red Arrows cross the Golden Gate westbound

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