The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team have released further details of the upcoming display season. The 2019 season will see the team, Exercise Western Hawk’19,  complete a tour of North America from August through to October. However, the team will perform as usual during the first half of the season display at venues in the UK, France and the Netherlands.

Western Hawk’19 will see the team depart the UK in late July. The team will spend August, September and early October touring both the United States of America and Canada in support of the GREAT campaign . They will of course visit major airshows, but there will be further stops on their tour including school visits, meetings with business leaders and showcase the very best of British culture. The tour is expected to generate £2.5bn in direct foreign investment for the UK

The 2019 Team are:

  • Red 11 (Officer Commanding) – Wing Commander Andrew Keith
  • Red 1 – Squadron Leader Martin Pert
  • Red 2 – Flight Lieutenant Damon ‘Damo’ Green
  • Red 3 – Flight Lieutenant Mike Bowden**
  • Red 4 – Flight Lieutenant Gregor Ogston
  • Red 5 – Squadron Leader Steve Morris
  • Red 6 – Flight Lieutenant Toby Keeley
  • Red 7 – Flight Lieutenant Jon Bond
  • Red 8 – Flight Lieutenant Chris Lyndon-Smith
  • Red 9 – Flight Lieutenant Dan Lowes
  • Red 10 – Squadron Leader Adam Collins

** Flt Lt David Simmons was unable to complete winter training due to injury.


2019 Display Schedule


June

  • 1st-2nd – Torbay Airshow, Devon
  • 2nd – Shuttleworth Collection Flying Festival, Old Warden, Bedfordshire
  • 4th – Isle of Man TT Races, Isle of Man
  • 6th –Guernsey Air Display , Channel Islands
  • 9th – RAF Cosford Air Show, Shropshire
  • 14th- – Luchtmachtdagen, Volkel, Netherlands
  • 15th-16th – Dunsfold Wings and Wheels, Surrey
  • 22nd – Newcastle Festival of Flight, Northern Ireland
  • 23rd – Weston Air Festival, Somerset
  • 29th – National Armed Forces Day Event, Salisbury, Wiltshire (Flypast)
  • 29th – Plymouth Armed Forces Day, Devon
  • 30th – Folkestone Armed Forces Day Community Fun Day, Kent

July

  • 5th – Goodwood Festival of Speed, West Sussex
  • 6th-7th – Wales Airshow, Swansea
  • 7th – Goodwood Festival of Speed, West Sussex
  • 13th – Royal Navy International Air Day, RNAS Yeovilton, Somserset
  • 13th – Flying Legends, IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire
  • 14th – Formula 1 British Grand Prix, Silverstone, Northamptonshire
  • 19th-21st – Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire

August

  • 13th – Gatineau-Ottawa, QC, Canada
  • 17th-18th – 61st Chicago Air and Water Show, Chicago, IL, USA
  • 21st – Thunder Over the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, USA
  • 24th-25th – New York Air Show, Stewart ANGB, Newburgh, NY, USA
  • 31st-1st September – Canadian International Air Show, Lake Ontario Waterfront/Marilyn Bell Park, Toronto, Canada

September

  • 7th-8th – Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo, Chesterfield, MO, USA
  • 20th-22nd – Oregon International Air Show, Hillsboro, OR, USA

October

  • 5th-6th – The Great Pacific Airshow, Huntington Beach, CA, USA