The Red Arrows, one of the world’s best aerobatic display teams, are coming to Devon and Cornwall this year with seven displays planned. The Royal Air Force made the announcement yesterday and will be joined by nine scarlet Hawk aircraft at selected events.
The first of the displays will be held over the Paignton in South Devon for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend. The weekend’s events will begin on Thursday, June 2, with the lighting of the Queen’s Jubilee beacons.
Then the English Riviera Air Show will begin on Saturday, June 4 and go on until Sunday, June 5. The RAF promise a selection of cutting edge and beautiful vintage aircraft taking to the skies.
The Event Village will feature air display team stands where visitors can meet the pilots, and local and national traders offering everything from artwork and books to toys and furniture, family activities, a fairground, food stalls and bars. The Red Arrows will be the headline attraction at the English Riviera Air Show, which returns to the calendar for the first time since 2019, having been called off twice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Following the air show in Paignton, the Red Arrows will be back in Devon at Teignmouth Air Show on July 2 and then again in Sidmouth on August 26. Timings for the Teignmouth Air Show are unconfirmed but the display in Sidmouth will run from 5pm to 9pm.
The Red Arrows’ aerobatic display changes each year, and the new 2022 display will not be revealed until the team has been granted its annual Public Display Authority, which usually happens in May. The first half of the Red Arrows’ display consists of synchronised, formation aerobatics, followed by a more dynamic second half in which the teams splits to perform thrilling “opposition” manoeuvres.
Formed in 1965, the Red Arrows originally flew Gnat trainer aircraft before moving to their current Hawk jets. They are based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, and 2022 will be their 58th display season. The Royal Air Force and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight are expected to announce more aircraft for the Devon air shows in the coming weeks.
RAF Typhoon fighters and the classic Spitfires and Hurricanes from the Second World War are likely to be added to the line-ups. For more information head over to the RAF website here.
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