RAF Red Arrows to display with seven aircraft instead of nine in 2022

Red Arrows display seven aircraft
RAF Red Arrows perform with a seven-ship formation (photo edited).

The Royal Air Force (RAF) announced on Saturday that pre-season training for the Red Arrows aerobatic team is well underway and the team is excitedly preparing for a summer full of big events.

According to the RAF, the Red Arrows will appear this year with a formation of seven aircraft, rather than nine, as two pilots have moved to other roles.

"Performing as a seven-aircraft display is something the Red Arrows often prepare for and have carried out several times in the past when a situation dictates, such as illness or aircraft availability. For national flypast events, it is intended that the team will consist of all nine aircraft, with experienced RAFAT pilots completing the formation," the RAF said.

The RAF ensures that "the 2022 display will feature all of the same breath-taking flying, dynamic teamwork and world-class precision the millions watching always expect – combining crowd-favourite manoeuvres with new shapes. All of the team are hard at work, perfecting and polishing this display ahead of the season beginning in late May. We look forward to displaying the best of British in what promises to be the team’s busiest campaign since 2018."

Written by Darren Bondi

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