Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows to land at Peterson, fly over USAFA


Image shows The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (The Red Arrows) departing their home base of RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire for the start of Exercise WESTERN HAWK. Ex WESTERN HAWK is the first time the Red Arrows have been to North America since 2008 and the deployment will be the most ambitious tour of Canada and the United States ever undertaken by the team going coast-to-coast. With stops across the continent, the tour comprises a combination of nearly 20 aerobatic displays, iconic flypasts and 100 separate ground engagement activities. / Photo by Cpl Graham Taylor, RAF Photographer

This story has been updated with more information about the Red Arrows’ Colorado appearances.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force’s aerobatic team, will land at Peterson Air Force Base on Monday and fly over the U.S. Air Force Academy on Tuesday.

The aerobatic team will land at Peterson around 11:30 a.m. Monday. They will then head to Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in Broomfield, where they are expected to arrive around 5 p.m.

On Tuesday, the pilots will participate in Denver Startup Week. They’ll then head south to the U.S. Air Force Academy, where they will conduct a flypast.

The Air Force Academy flypast will coincide with the lowering of the flag, which occurs around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The flypast will last less than 10 minutes, and will include a number of fly-bys in different formation shapes with the team’s signature red, white and blue smoke trails.

The Red Arrows are currently on an 11-week tour of the United States and Canada. It’s been 11 years since they last visited North America.

The aerobatic team flies 12 BAE Systems Hawk T1s. They also travel with an Atlas A400M RAF transport aircraft.

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