As we announced a few weeks ago HERE, the Royal Air Force’s world-famous Red Arrows aerobatics display team will be visiting North America this year for the first time since 2008. Yesterday, the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) released a preliminary list of locations where the team will be performing, although additional events are likely to be added in the coming weeks.
As we mentioned in our previous piece, the Reds last air show in England before beginning their ‘Western Hawk 19’ tour of North America will be the Royal International Air Tattoo (July 19 – 21) at RAF Fairford. Following a period of maintenance and preparation, the team will then set out for Canada, on or about August 8th.
Display locations confirmed for the forthcoming tour to North America by the Red Arrows.
As the MOD press release mentioned related, “As well as displaying at locations and shows across North America, the team will also attend several engagements on the ground, coordinated by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the UK Government’s GREAT campaign.
The first air show dates/locations being confirmed for where the Red Arrows will display are:
- August 13: Gatineau-Ottawa Airshow – Gatineau, QUE (Ottawa)
- August 17/18: Air and Water Show – Chicago, IL
- August 21: Thunder Over The Boardwalk – Atlantic City, NJ
- August 25/26: New York International Airshow, Stewart International Airport – New Windsor, NY (New York)
- Aug.31/Sept.1: Canadian International Airshow – Toronto, ONT
- September 7/8: Spirit of St. Louis Airshow & STEM Expo – Chesterfield, MO (St.Louis)
- September 20 – 22: The Oregon International Airshow – Hillsboro, OR (Portland)
- October 4 – 6: The Great Pacific Airshow – Los Angeles, CA (Huntington Beach)
Other public events, display locations and flypasts are still to be set, with engagement opportunities planned from coast-to-coast. Further announcements will follow as confirmations are made.
Preparations are already being carried out to create a memorable and visually-exciting display to be enjoyed by people watching throughout the latest deployment.
Squadron Leader Martin Pert, Red 1 and Team Leader of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, said:
“Confirming this initial group of display locations where we will perform in North America is not just exciting for those people hoping to attend these events – but also for the whole Red Arrows team as well. Air and ground crews are now hard at work, preparing the display which will be seen by audiences in the UK, US and Canada this summer, while detailed planning is well underway to carefully, and safely, plot our overseas tour.
With these airshows announced, we can now join friends and fans alike in visualising what people will be able to enjoy when the Red Arrows make our biggest ever visit to the US and Canada. – Red 1
“However, the air display is only half the story – much of our activity in support of UK interests overseas is centred on considerable ground engagement. As a team, we are particularly enthusiastic about meeting so many individuals, from business leaders and military counterparts to young people and airshow crowds.”
For event inquiries surrounding the Red Arrows’ tour to the US and Canada contact: Crissy.Pascual@mobile.trade.gov.uk
We will endeavor to bring updates to this schedule as and when information becomes available!