Red Arrows to display with 7 planes not 9 – but where can you see them this summer?

The RAF has announced that its aerobatic wing – the Red Arrows – has begun pre-season training and the 2022 display will feature the “same breathtaking flight” and “world-class precision” as the years previous

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The Red Arrows start pre-season training in a big way

The Red Arrows have started training for the summer of 2022 and Britons will be able to watch their “breathtaking flight” at locations across the UK.

The Royal Air Force announced on Twitter that its aerobatic team – commonly known as The Red Arrows – had started training ahead of the summer season.

The Red Arrows will make several appearances across Britain this summer, with some minor changes from previous years.

According to an RAF press release, the Arrows will fly in a ‘seven-plane formation, up from nine’ this year because two crew members have moved to other positions in the Air Force .

The seven-aircraft display is not unheard of and is used “when a situation calls for it, such as illness or aircraft availability”.

The Red Arrows will fly in a seven-plane formation this summer



But despite two fewer pilots, the show will be no less impressive, adds the RAF.

The statement reads: “The 2022 display will feature all of the same jaw-dropping flight, dynamic teamwork and world-class precision that millions of viewers have always come to expect – combining favorite maneuvers from the crowd with new forms.

The formation of the Red Arrows is underway



“The whole team is working hard, perfecting and fine-tuning this display ahead of the season which starts at the end of May.

“We look forward to displaying the best of the British in what promises to be the team’s busiest campaign since 2018.”

There will be seven Red Arrows this year instead of nine due to pilots taking up new positions in the RAF



Find below the dates and times of Red Arrow’s appearances:


02-04/06/2022 Midlands Air Festival

04-05/06/2022 English Riviera Airshow – Torbay

07/06/2022 Isle of Man TT Races

11/06/2022 Teesside Airshow

12/06/2022 Cosford Airshow

17/06/2022 Isle of Wight Festival

06/19/202 Danish Air Show, Karup, Denmark

23-24/06/2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed

06/24/2022 Headcorn Airshow

25/06/2022 Scarborough National Armed Forces Day

25/06/2022 Cleethorpes Armed Forces Day

26/06/2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed

26/06/2022 Weston Air Festival – Weston-super-Mare


02/07/2022 Wales National Airshow – Swansea

02/07/2022 Teignmouth Airshow

07/03/2022 Silverstone – British F1 Grand Prix

07/03/2022 Wales National Airshow – Swansea

09-10/07/2022 Southport Airshow

15-17/07/2022 Royal International Air Tattoo

20/07/2022 Peterhead – Scottish Week

23/07/2022 The Making Waves Festival 2022, Irvine, Scotland

24/07/2022 Bray Air Display, Ireland


10/08/2022 Falmouth Week

13/08/2022 Whitby Regatta

13-14/08/2022 Blackpool Airshow

17/08/2022 Cromer Carnival

18-21/08/2022 Airbourne – Eastbourne International Airshow

21/08/2022 Folkestone Air Show

08/25-26/2022 Clacton Airshow

26/08/2022 Sidmouth

27-28/08/2022 Rhyl Air Show


01-04/09/2022 Bournemouth Air Festival

08/09/2022 Guernsey Air Display

08/09/2022 Jersey International Air Show

09/10/2022 Causeway International Airshow, Portrush, Northern Ireland

09/11/2022 Great North Race

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