Britain’s Red Arrows Announce Extra Stops to North American Tour

NEW YORK — Great Britain’s Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team known as the Red Arrows announced on Friday the addition of more stops to their first tour of North America in eleven years.

The Red Arrows will now visit and perform at over 25 locations during their 11-week tour of the United States and Canada. The team is scheduled to arrive into Halifax on August 7.

“Tours by the Red Arrows have always been an important role of the team – aiming to demonstrate RAF expertise, helping to highlight UK excellence across a range of sectors, and celebrating close connections with friends and allies,” Red Arrows Commander Andrew Keith said on Friday.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team — the Red Arrows — perform a cross break during a recent air show. (RCAF)

“With only days to go before the Red Arrows depart for North America, and with more tour locations now being released, all of us in the team hope people across Canada and the United States will be able to join us in the coming weeks and enjoy one of our displays, flypasts, or events.”

The original tour schedule has been expanded to include more visits to the east, central, and western sections of North America. New England, Texas, and Denver are a few of the newly added locations.

The Red Arrows perform using nine BAE Systems Hawk T1 jet aircraft. Using red, white, and blue environmentally safe smoke, the aircraft demonstrate beautiful, tight formations and high speed flybys during their performance.

Twelve Hawk T1 jets and one Atlas A400M RAF transport aircraft will depart their home base at RAF Base Scampton in Lincolnshire on August 5 to begin their journey. The team’s jets will make refueling stops in Scotland, Iceland, and Greenland en route to Halifax.

The RAF Red Arrows updated North American Tour will be a boost for several air show sites.

“The United Kingdom shares a deep and enduring defense relationship with both Canada and the U.S.,” Mark Lancaster, Minister for the Armed Forces, said on Thursday. “Sending our world-famous RAF Red Arrows demonstrates the UK’s global ambitions and will provide a unique opportunity to strengthen our partnerships with two of our closest allies.”

Updated Red Arrows Tour Schedule:

Halifax – August 7-13
Ottawa – flypast on August 13
Gatineau – display at Gatineau-Ottawa Airshow August 13
Chicago (including the Chicago Air and Water Show) – August 14-18
Boston – August 19
Atlantic City – display at Thunder Over The Boardwalk – August 21
New York (including the New York Airshow) – August 22-24
The Hamptons – August 24
Washington DC – August 25-28
Niagara Falls – August 28
Toronto (including the Canadian International Airshow) – August 28-September 5
Dayton, Ohio – September 5
St. Louis (including Spirit of St. Louis Airshow and STEM Expo) – September 6-9
Fort Worth/Dallas – September 9-16
Houston – September 11
Denver – September 17-18
Portland (including The Oregon International Airshow) – September 18-23
Seattle – September 23-24
Vancouver – September 24-27
Victoria – flypast on September 26
Miramar Airshow, San Diego – displays September 27-29
San Francisco – October 1-2
Long Beach – October 2
The Great Pacific Airshow (Huntington Beach) – displays October 4-6
Rapid City – October 8

(Charles A Atkeison reports on aerospace and technology. Follow his updates via social media @Military_Flight.)