The RAF Red Arrows have released further detail on their North American Tour which will take in displays in both the United States of America and Canada.
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
During the deployment – which will be the largest to the region in a generation – the Red Arrows will help to support a range of British interests and promote trade and cooperation, as part of the United Kingdom’s prosperity agenda.
As well as displaying at locations and shows across North America, the team will also attend several engagements on the ground, coordinated by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the UK Government’s GREAT campaign.
Speaking from Nellis Air Base, Nevada, UK Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said: “Previous tours have generated huge amounts of investment for the UK, and we hope the team lighting up the skies of two of our closest defence allies will bring more of the same.”
UK International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: “The Red Arrows have a rich tradition of working with the GREAT Britain Campaign and DIT to promote trade, investment, tourism and education, all while presenting a positive impression of the UK.
“Their tour of North America will provide an invaluable opportunity to deepen the partnership with some of our closest allies and trading partners.
“It will include an integrated programme of trade missions and business engagement, involving both the display team and ground crew, and build on the experience of previous tours to provide even stronger support for our business objectives.”
Preparations are already being carried out to create a memorable and visually-exciting display to be enjoyed by people watching throughout the latest deployment.
Squadron Leader Martin Pert, Red 1 and Team Leader of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, said:
“Confirming this initial group of display locations where we will perform in North America is not just exciting for those people hoping to attend these events – but also for the whole Red Arrows team as well.
“Air and ground crews are now hard at work, preparing the display which will be seen by audiences in the UK, US and Canada this summer, while detailed planning is well underway to carefully, and safely, plot our overseas tour.
“With these airshows announced, we can now join friends and fans alike in visualising what people will be able to enjoy when the Red Arrows make our biggest ever visit to the US and Canada.
“However, the air display is only half the story – much of our activity in support of UK interests overseas is centred on considerable ground engagement. As a team, we are particularly enthusiastic about meeting so many individuals, from business leaders and military counterparts to young people and airshow crowds.”
After displaying at the Royal International Air Tattoo, between July 19 and July 21, in the UK, the Red Arrows will undertake a short period of maintenance and preparation before departing for North America.
Keep checking the Red Arrows’ social media channels for further details on the North America tour as they are released. The current schedule with dates can be viewed below:
- 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
- 7th-8th – Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo, Chesterfield, MO, USA
- 20th-22nd – Oregon International Air Show, Hillsboro, OR, USA
- 5th-6th – The Great Pacific Airshow, Huntington Beach, CA, USA