August 1, 2019
Britain’s Red Arrows to Grace Canadian Skies
The Royal Air Force’s Red Arrow Aerobatic Team is about to embark on a Canadian tour that will bring their precision flying routine to spectators coast to coast.
On Sunday, August 11, the Red Arrows will join with the RCAF for a flypast over the historic waterfront in Halifax. On August 13 there will be another flypast over Parliament Hill in Ottawa, followed by an aerobatic display in Gatineau. August 28 will see the team overfly Niagara Falls.
On the Labour Day weekend in September, the Red Arrows will make an appearance at the Canadian International Airshow in Toronto. They will finish their Canadian appearances with a flypast over Vancouver harbour and over Victoria.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have the world famous Red Arrows in Canada this summer. This tour is an excellent opportunity to not only showcase the Red Arrows’ aerobatic expertise to Canadians from the Atlantic to the Pacific, but also to celebrate the close and enduring relationship between our two countries,” said British High Commissioner to Canada Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque in a press release issued this week.
Wing Commander Andrew Keith, Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, said: “Tours by the Red Arrows have always been an important role of the team – aiming to demonstrate RAF expertise, helping to highlight UK excellence across a range of sectors and celebrating close connections with friends and allies.”
The Red Arrows are comprised of nine BAE Systems Hawk advanced training aircraft. Incapable of air-to-air refueling and with limited range, the jets will locate to Canada via a route that will include several stops in Scotland, Iceland and Greenland.