Britain’s elite Red Arrows are set to carry out their largest ever tour of North America as they paint the skies of the US and Canada, red, white and blue.
Announcing the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team’s historic nine-week programme, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said the Red Arrows would display across the Americas, reaching millions of people and showcasing the very best of British aviation.
“Our Red Arrows fly the flag for Britain across the globe, both in the skies and on the ground, and this tour will not only showcase their teamwork and aviation excellence, but also promote our great nation to billions of people across the world.
“After an incredible year celebrating RAF 100, it seems only fitting that the Red Arrows prepare to illuminate the skies of our closest allies in 2019, celebrating and strengthening our incredible relationship with the US.”
The Red Arrows’ return to the US will mark the first significant tour of North America in a generation, with the team last touring in the country in 1993.
And the start of the deployment next year will be the first display the team has put on in the US in a decade, following a short visit by the Red Arrows to the east coast of the US in 2008.