Red Arrows Return

Photo: Red Arrows pilots are reunited with family on return to Scampton.


Red Arrows pilots are reunited with family on return to Scampton. SAC Hannah Smoker, RAF/MOD Crown Copyright 2019

Pilots, engineers and support staff from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team have returned home following the Red Arrows’ most ambitious tour of North America.

After covering in excess of 22,000 miles (35,400km) over 74 days away, the team’s jets arrived at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, on Thursday afternoon, to be met by waiting families.

The 11-week tour of Canada and the United States was the biggest-ever in the Red Arrows’ 55-season history and spanned more than 25 cities – promoting United Kingdom interests and showcasing the best of British.

During the history-making deployment, the Red Arrows engaged with tens of millions of people, through 21 displays, daily media activity and by completing 30 stunning flypasts over major landmarks or locations.

This included performances over Niagara Falls, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and New York’s Hudson River, with Manhattan’s skyscrapers lining the route.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows fly down the Hudson river in New York. The Red Arrows were in New York to perform at the New York Air Show over August 24-25. Sgt Ashley Keates, RAF/MOD Crown Copyright 2019

The Red Arrows performed a flypast for the Nationals Baseball game against the Houston Astros in Washington DC on August 27. SAC Rose Buchanan, RAF/MOD Crown Copyright 2019


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