The Red Arrows have released details about the forthcoming season, including where the team is displaying in 2018.

RAF Red Arrows Airshow Schedule 2018
RAF Red Arrows Airshow Schedule 2018.

A full list of where people can see displays by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, in 2018 has been released.

The Red Arrows’ 54th season is also the Royal Air Force’s centenary year.

Displays are expected to be staged across the United Kingdom, with the chance for millions to enjoy the team’s dynamic shows from May to September.

The team is planning to display with its trademark nine aircraft formation for the RAF100 year.

To enable this to happen, Squadron Leader Mike Ling is re-joining the Squadron, to fly in the Red 3 position for the season.

Sqn Ldr Ling will cover for Flight Lieutenant David Stark, while he recuperates from injuries sustained in an incident at RAF Valley in March, which also led to the death of engineer Corporal Jonathan Bayliss.

Wing Commander Andrew Keith, Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, said: “Preparations continue for the Red Arrows’ 2018 season, when the team will play its part in marking the Royal Air Force’s centenary year and aims to inspire all those who see our displays.

“Careful consideration was given in making the decision to bring in a pilot to the Red 3 position.

“As the Squadron recovers from the tragic loss of a colleague, the on-going convalescence of Flt Lt Stark and the safe operation of the Red Arrows is paramount for us.

“The decision will also allow the most visually-appealing solution for the 2018 season and maintain the Red Arrows’ famous Diamond Nine shape.”

Sqn Ldr Ling, a qualified Hawk T1 pilot, is among the most experienced Red Arrows pilots, having previously completed nine seasons with the team – including flying as Red 3 in his first year with the Squadron in 2008. He left the team at the end of last year, having been Red 10 for six seasons.

Later this month, the Red Arrows are to carry out a planned, annual exercise overseas, where the team, including pilots and support staff, will complete a focussed, five-week pre-season training programme.


June 2-3: Torbay Air Show - Paignton, Devon

June 5: Isle of Man TT Races - Douglas, Isle of Man

June 10: RAF Cosford Air Show - RAF Cosford, Shropshire

June 16-17: Great Yarmouth Airshow - Great Yarmouth

June 23-24: Weston Air Festival - Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

June 30: Armed Forces’ Day at Llandudno - Llandudno

June 30-July 1: Wales National Show - Swansea

July 1: Cleethorpes Armed Forces’ Day - Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire

July 6: Southport Airshow - Southport

July 7: RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day - RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset

July 8: F1 British Grand Prix - Silverstone, Northants

July 13-15: Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford, Gloucs

July 14-15: Goodwood Festival of Speed - Goodwood, West Sussex

July 21: Hastings

July 22: Folkestone

July 25: Peterhead

July 27-28: Sunderland International Airshow - Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

July 28: Scotland’s National Airshow - East Fortune, East Lothian

July 29: Bray Air Display - Bray, Ireland

July 30-August 8: No flying

August 10: Cowes Week - Cowes, Isle of Wight

August 11: Newcastle Festival of Flight - Newcastle, County Down

August 12: Blackpool Airshow - Blackpool

August 12: Whitby Regatta - Whitby, North Yorkshire

August 14: Falmouth Week - Falmouth, Cornwall

August 15: Cromer Carnival - Cromer, Norfolk

August 15: Weymouth Carnival - Weymouth, Dorset

August 17-19: Airbourne, Eastbourne International Airshow - Eastbourne, East Sussex

August 18-19: Biggin Hill Festival of Flight - Biggin Hill, Kent

August 23-24: Clacton Airshow - Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

August 24: Sidmouth Regatta - Sidmouth, Devon

August 25: Dunsfold Wings and Wheels - Dunsfold, Surrey

August 25: CarFest South - Overton, Hants

August 26: Dunsfold Wings and Wheels - Dunsfold, Surrey

August 26: Rhyl Air Show - Rhyl, Denbighshire

August 30-Sept. 1: Bournemouth Air Festival - Bournemouth, Dorset

September 1-2: Scottish International Airshow - Low Green, Ayr

September 2: Northern Ireland International Airshow - Portrush, Co Antrim

September 8: Heroes at Highclere - Highclere Castle, Newbury

September 9: Great North Run

September 13: Jersey International Air Display - Jersey

September 13: Guernsey Air Display - Guernsey

September 18: Menorca

September 22-23: Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow - Duxford, Cambridgeshire

September 27: Monte Carlo - Monaco

Note: it could be subject to change

Check the latest Demo Teams Schedules here

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