Friday, 27 March 2020

Impact of Coronavirus COVID-19 on RAF Display Teams in 2020

Noting the restrictions currently in place on the UK population during the effort to combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Royal Air Force has suspended all displays from its various teams and bands until further notice. 

This decision will affect the following formations: Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Typhoon Display Team, the Queen’s Colour Squadron, the Chinook Display Team, the RAF Falcons, the Grob Tutor Display Team, RAF Music Services, all RAF voluntary bands, and the RAF Pipe Band.

No decision has been taken on this year’s display season for all RAF display teams. The RAF will work with event organisers and adapt to the rapidly changing situation as it develops.

The Red Arrows have also decided not to go overseas for work-up training this year.  While this is usually done to guarantee better weather, continuity of highly-skilled flying practice and to accelerate the team's preparedness for a busy season, 2020 will clearly not be a normal campaign.

It is the intention of the RAF that the Red Arrows will maintain their capabilities when the current situation enables the team to do so.

There is also a requirement for skill and knowledge retention for the medium to long-term within the team, so that the Red Arrows can continue to be deployed as a valuable National asset and symbol of UK excellence at the appropriate time. 

(All photos RAF/Crown Copyright)

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