RAF Red Arrows North American Tour 2019

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Photo: Julie Sturrock (#SkiesMag)

With a combination of dynamic displays, iconic flypasts and inspiring ground activities, the Red Arrows are on a major tour of North America. It is the biggest-ever visit by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team to Canada and the United States and the first to the two countries in more than a decade. The tour aims to promote the best of British and deepen partnerships with close friends and allies. The 11 week deployment is an indication of the UK’s continuing commitment to enduring relationships, mutual prosperity and extensive security cooperation.

With stops across the continent, the tour comprises aerobatic displays, flypasts of well-known landmarks and dozens of ground engagements – from business receptions to sessions highlighting the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects to young people. 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.

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. This activity develops a longstanding, successful record of the Red Arrows supporting the GREAT Britain Campaign – highlighting opportunities across business, education and tourism. For more information visit https://www.great.gov.uk/international/

RAF Red Arrows Youth STEM inspiration

The Red Arrows will take part in ground engagements across the continent to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths subjects to young people. To follow updates of the tour online, use #redarrowstour on Twitter or Instagram and like the Red Arrows’ Facebook page.

RAF Atlas A400 transporter

The Red Arrows’ Hawk T1 jets will be flown to North America over three days. This is because, as primarily training aircraft, they were not intended to refuel in the air and do not have the range to make the transatlantic crossing in one sortie. After leaving the team’s base of RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, UK, they will be flown via several stops, including airfields in Scotland, Iceland and Greenland, before reaching Canada and eventually Halifax – the first major location of the tour.

Photo: Ashley Keates

Tour stats:

  • More than 20 displays
  • 98 separate ground engagements
  • 11 years since the Red Arrows last visited North America
  • 108 people on tour, including pilots, engineers and support staff
  • 12 Red Arrows Hawk aircraft and 1 Atlas A400M RAF transport aircraft

Locations

Activities will typically include either a flypast, display or ground engagement-only – or a combination of these elements. Venues and places are subject to change. More details for each location will be released ahead of each stop and date:

Tour stops in British C0lumbia:

24/09/2019 Vancouver
25/09/2019 Vancouver
26/09/2019 Victoria (flypast)
26/09/2019 Vancouver (flypast)
27/09/2019 Vancouver

Tour stops in Washington State and Oregon:

19/09/2019 Portland
20/09/2019 Portland – The Oregon International Airshow https://oregonairshow.com/
21/09/2019 Portland – The Oregon International Airshow https://oregonairshow.com/
22/09/2019 Portland – The Oregon International Airshow https://oregonairshow.com/
23/09/2019 Portland
23/09/2019 Seattle
24/09/2019 Seattle

For more information, visit the Red Arrows North American Tour 2019 website.

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