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.