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Red Arrows flypast today – full route of where and when RAF jets will appear in our skies

NewsRed Arrows flypast today – full route of where and when RAF jets will appear in our skies

This weekend the heroic RAF display team, the Red Arrows will perform across the country as their summer season in the UK begins. The aerobatic pilots have already been flying over parts of the Wales and the North West of England before heading to other regions.

Millions of people are expected to head out into the sunshine and watch the iconic aircraft this Summer as they put on a show for the UK.

In recent weeks they have flown over the 2023 Isle of Man TT festival and on Friday they went from RAF Valley in Anglesey to RAF Waddington where the team is based.

Today the crews will fly over Lincolnshire, flying close to Peterborough, Nottingham, before moving south via Northampton and Reading.

After this, they will head west to Swindon before flying to Shrewsbury before the action continues on Sunday.

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On Sunday, the Red Arrows will be performing at the Cosford Air Show where 50,000 people are expected to watch their high-speed stunts.

Ahead of the airshow, which will mark the 80th anniversary of the Dambusters’ raids during World War 2, people have been warned to expect congestion on the roads.

The Cosford RAF museum where the airshow will be hosted boasts a world-renowned collection of military aircraft.

Among its jewels include the world’s oldest Spitfire, and Britain’s Cold War V Bombers including the Victor, Vulcan, and Valiant. Also on display is a Dornier Do17, a German bomber recovered from the bottom of the English Channel.

Officer Commanding of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, Wing Commander Adam Collins, said: “I know many people, including countless families, are already eager to plan which of these events they’ll be going to and we can’t wait to entertain and inspire those watching.

“The 2023 season is one of the busiest in recent years and each show is a great opportunity for the Red Arrows to perform a new display that represents the speed, agility, and innovation of the RAF.”

2023 marks the Red Arrow’s 59th season and will feature a range of events, including an appearance at the Armed Force’s Day National Event, in Falmouth Cornwall.

This year, the team is carrying out flypasts with nine aircraft, and aerobatic displays will feature eight jets.

Wing Commander Collins said the reason for the difference was due to safety reasons.

He said: “The decision to fly an eight-ship is a significant step after a challenging period.

“In the meantime, our entire team of over 140 dedicated personnel is working hard, together, to plan, prepare, and perform a new dynamic display routine that will be seen and enjoyed by millions of people.”

The Red Arrows were founded in 1964 when the RAF combined its display teams into one. The RAF said: “The name was taken from the Black Arrows team and the colour scheme as a tribute to the Red Pelicans, while the aircraft chosen to be flown, the Gnat, had been used by the Yellowjacks.”

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