THE Red Arrows will be taking to the skies today as part of the Midlands Air Show.
It is the first UK public display from the RAF aerobatics display team since July 2019. Here is everything you need to know about where and when you can spot them on Sunday.
How can I see the red arrows today?
Today is your last opportunity to watch the spectacular air display.
The Red Arrows will fly from Exeter to perform a flypast at Bessin in Normandy, France, for the 77th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
This is at 2.09pm as part of the Shuttleworth Flying Festival of Britain Air Show, and forms part of a wider display:
- Exeter, Devon – 1.35pm
- Cullompton, Devon – 1.37pm
- South west of Norton St Philip, Somerset – 1.45pm
- West of Great Malvern, Worcestershire – 1.53pm
- South east of Worcester, Worcestershire – 1.55pm
- Midlands Air Festival, Warwickshire – 1.57pm
- West of Stratford Upon Avon, Stratford Upon Avon – 1.58pm
- North west of Oxhill, Warwickshire – 1.59pm
- Long Compton, Warwickshire – 2pm
- Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire – 2.06pm
- North west of Clophill, Bedfordshire – 2.08pm
- Shuttleworth Festival, Bedfordshire – 2.09pm
- Potton, Bedfordshire – 2.10pm
- North west of March, Cambridgeshire – 2.14pm
- North west of Bottesford, Leicestershire – 2.20pm
- Collingham, Nottinghamshire – 2.22pm
- RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire – 2.25pm
The Red Arrows had already kicked off the Midlands Air Show on Friday night.
They left Fairford, Gloucestershire, at 6.05pm and finished back in the same location at 6.56pm.
In that time, the team flew over the following locations:
- Fairford, Gloucestershire – 6.05pm
- North west of Aldsworth, Gloucestershire – 6.07pm
- South east of Great Malvern, Worcestershire – 6.11pm
- West of Great Malvern, Worcestershire – 6.13pm
- West of Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire – 6.15pm
- North of Redditch, Worcestershire – 6.18pm
- Redditch, Worcestershire – 6.19pm
- Midlands Air Festival, Warwickshire – 6.20pm
- East of Evesham, Worcestershire – 6.42pm
- Fairford, Gloucestershire – 6.56pm
A number of visitors quickly took to Twitter to share their delight about the return of the iconic air display team.
One wrote: "I saw the Red Arrows perform when I was younger and more recently at Cleethorpes, they were fantastic."
A second added: "Was great to see so many people out and families having fun."
While a third user gave a big thumbs up to the event saying that he "thoroughly enjoyed" the "excellent show."
On Saturday, the arrows then participated in a follow up display that started at 12.45pm.
They started their journey flying over parts of Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, before completing a separate route from Fairford to Exeter.
Now, according to organisers on Twitter, the final day at the event today will also include "powerful" displays from RAF Tycoons and RAF Falcons as well as a range of hot air balloons,
When is the Midlands Airshow?
The Midlands Airshow is returning for a third year this weekend.
It's taking place at Ragley Hall in Alcester, Warwickshire, and features displays from the RAF Red Arrows, RAF Typhoon, BBMF Spitfire Pair, and the RAF Falcons.
The website describes the event as a "spectacular aviation event" with "great trade stands, children's rides and more entertainment than ever before".
Can I still buy tickets?
Tickets for The Midlands Airshow are still available but organisers warn availability is "running low".
They can be purchased from See Tickets but must be bought in advance as none will be available on the door.
Adult tickets cost £26, youth tickets (aged 14 to 16) cost £13, and children under 13 go for free.
All visitors must have a valid ticket and car parking pass to gain entry to the site.
Sadly all camping and glamping tickets are completely sold out.
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, more commonly known as the Red Arrows, were formed in the early 1960s to become the public face of the RAF.
They are known for their combination of close formations and precision flying as well as using coloured vapour trails leaving red, white and blue across the sky.
The Red Arrows were given their nickname as the training aircraft they use is predominantly red in colour.
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