Audiences in the UK will enjoy shows featuring the Red Arrows for the first time in almost two years after the team was given display approval.
Following a period of intense training, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team today successfully completed an annual assessment.
Known as Public Display Authority (PDA), this marks the start of the Red Arrows’ 57th season.
It means the team is set to perform at events in the UK for the first time since July 2019 – with airshows returning to this summer’s calendar, after the pandemic forced event organisers to cancel dates last year.
The 2021 season will also see the Red Arrows led by a new Team Leader, Squadron Leader Tom Bould.
The former Typhoon pilot, who flies as Red 1, said:
Attaining PDA involves detailed scrutiny of activity both in the air and on the ground and is only granted when the Red Arrows are deemed to have a show that is safe and visually appealing.
It follows months of winter training in the UK, at the team’s home base of RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.
Preparations then moved abroad, in a deployment called Exercise Springhawk. This five week period, staged in Greece, is where the team perfects and polishes its display and flies up to three times a day – taking full advantage of more guaranteed, finer weather and settled conditions.
Dates and displays are subject to change due to operational, weather and other factors. More information on dates or types of moves can be found on the RAF Website Red Arrows Display Page.