Thousands of spectators are expected to flock to Scarborough on Saturday 25 June to see the very best of the RAF in the skies above the town’s South Bay, as part of this year’s Armed Forces Day national event, sponsored by Tesco.

Topping the action packed programme will be the RAF Aerobatic Team – the spectacular Red Arrows – one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams.

Representing the speed, agility and precision of the RAF, the pilots will take the distinctive red Hawk jets to the skies for 20 minutes to wow spectators with their legendary formations and mind blowing aeronautical skills.

The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, widely recognised as the UK’s premier military parachute display team, will be another must see on the day.

The team, which is based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, displays at venues all over Britain and Europe throughout the year and will kick off the day’s events with their fine demonstration of freefall and canopy skills.

The might and roar of the RAF Typhoon’s twin EJ200 R-R engines and its precision for tight loops and turns will make for another awe inspiring display.

Completing the day’s aerial spectacular will be a flypast of the Avro Lancaster, Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Stuart Clark, Scarborough’s head of operations, venues and events, said: “We are over the moon to have secured four of the RAF’s most prized air assets for this year’s Armed Forces Day national event in Scarborough. We know from our previous events how much of a crowd puller the Red Arrows are and the popularity of the other jaw-dropping aerial displays. We are excited about pulling out all the stops to make the event weekend a fitting tribute to our Armed Forces and a triumphant return for the national event after two years absence.”

Commodore Phil Waterhouse, Joint Military Commander of the Armed Forces Day national event and Naval Regional Commander Northern England and the Isle of Man, said: “I’m delighted to confirm that the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight as well as operational aircraft from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, will join sailors, Marines and soldiers in what promises to be a spectacular Armed Forces Day national event in Scarborough this June. Iconic in the skies and unmistakable to British eyes, these aircraft are a fitting representation of the unique relationship between the Armed Forces community and the people they serve – a relationship we look forward to celebrating across the borough of Scarborough after two years of waiting.

For information about the Armed Forces Day national event in Scarborough visit the event website –
. The website will be updated regularly in the run up to 25 June

The national celebration is being made possible by the support of more than 30 different organisations and businesses. Tesco is the event platinum supporter. The other main sponsors are: NAAFI, Babcock International, BAE Systems, Balfour Beatty, McCain Foods, RFEA the forces employment charity, Royal British Legion and Taylor Wimpey.