Red Arrows to celebrate 60th Anniversary at RIAT

Red Arrows Diamond Nine
Red Arrows Diamond Nine

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (RAFAT) The Red Arrows will be marking their 60th anniversary at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

This year will see the return of the nine-ship formations, including the famous Diamond Nine, under the leadership of new Red One Squadron Leader Jon Bond.

The Air Tattoo takes place between the 19th and 21st July with tickets selling fast for the pre-booked only event.

Squadron Leader Jon Bond, Team Leader and Red 1, said: “The Royal International Air Tattoo and RAF Fairford have played an important part in the Red Arrows’ story, not least with the team being based at the airfield for a short period of time in its earliest guise.

This makes the Red Arrows’ appearance at this year’s Air Tattoo especially poignant as we invite people to join with us to help celebrate our Diamond Season and, once again, share their enjoyment of seeing the team perform.

Appropriately, the team’s preparing a trademark Diamond Nine formation for the 2024 show, with many fresh manoeuvres and special shapes featuring in this new display with our BAE Systems Hawks.

We’re looking forward to inspiring all those at the Air Tattoo through our teamwork and flying – representing the Royal Air Force at this truly international celebration of aviation and meeting thousands of people on-the-ground at STEM exhibitions, at our stand in the RAF Experience area and other locations.”

Other Royal Air Force aircraft confirmed for the show include the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed Martin F35B Lightning II.

Chief Executive Officer at Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, Paul Atherton said the Royal Air Force contingent are always a welcome addition to the show’s line-up saying “The Red Arrows are one of the world’s most recognisable display teams and we are looking forward to watching them perform at this year’s show,”

He added: “This year has huge significance for the Red Arrows and we know they have been perfecting a new routine to mark their diamond anniversary in style. 

We are also really pleased to announce another firm fan favourite, the Typhoon and of course the historic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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