27 May, 2023

2023 display season begins for Red Arrows

The new 2023 season of events is getting underway for the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows who will be flying a more dynamic and updated display. During the season the team will perform more than 60 displays at various locations both in the UK and overseas.

The start of the season follows the Red Arrows being granted Public Display Authority (PDA) – a thorough, detailed assessment that concludes a training phase.  Squadron Leader Tom Bould, who is Red 1 and in his third year as Team Leader, said it was particularly satisfying to gain this validation given a much-reduced timescale to prepare for 2023. “I’m immensely proud to attain Public Display Authority with fantastic teamwork seen in every area of the Red Arrows.

It’s especially pleasing to achieve this feat in a shortened work-up period – the team usually has longer to train but only concluded its 2022 season in December, due to our return from a very successful tour to the Gulf and Egypt."

People watching the team at events in 2023 will spot the Wall arrival, with an arena-filling Union flag-coloured spectacle to announce the start of the display.  In patriotic tribute to the Coronation – where the Red Arrows were seen by a huge, global television audience carrying out a flypast over London – the front section of the team is performing a vertical break during the second half of the show, with red, white and blue smoke trails.

Squadron Leader Bould said: "What has not changed, however, this year is a focus on inspiring individuals of all ages and backgrounds with this display of teamwork.  Indeed, creating a safe, visually-appealing and world-class demonstration takes detailed planning, dedicated preparation and a pursuit of excellence by all involved – hallmarks found across the Royal Air Force."

The Red Arrows’ first show is at the Midlands Air Festival on June 2 and the last one of 2023 is in October.

The ground crew, who number more than 110 and include engineers and support staff, also changed their coveralls following PDA, into their royal blue flying suits, giving them their collective name – ‘the Blues’.

In addition to these dates, people can enjoy a ground and online engagement programme, often working with schools and cadet groups to promote themes including leadership, teamwork and the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Full list of displays.....
DateEvent nameWebsite
02/06/2023Midlands Air Festivalhttps://www.midlandsairfestival.com/
03/06/2023Midlands Air Festivalhttps://www.midlandsairfestival.com/
03/06/2023English Riviera Airshowhttps://englishrivieraairshow.co.uk/
04/06/2023English Riviera Airshowhttps://englishrivieraairshow.co.uk/
08/06/2023Isle of Man TThttps://www.iomtt.com/
11/06/2023RAF Cosford Airshowhttps://www.cosfordairshow.co.uk/
18/06/2023Beja International Airshow, Portugalhttps://www.air-shows.org.uk/2022/04/european-airshow-calendar-2023/
24/06/2023Armed Forces’ Day National Eventhttps://armedforcesday.cornwall.gov.uk/
25/06/2023IWM Duxford Summer Showhttps://www.iwm.org.uk/airshows/duxford-summer-air-show
01/07/2023Teignmouth Airshowhttps://teignmouthairshow.co.uk/
01/07/2023Wales Airshowhttp://www.walesnationalairshow.com/
02/07/2023Wales Airshowhttp://www.walesnationalairshow.com/
02/07/2023Headcorn Battle of Britain Airshowhttps://www.bobairshow.co.uk/
09/07/2023Formula 1 British Grand Prix, Silverstonehttps://www.silverstone.co.uk/events/formula-1-british-grand-prix
13/07/2023Goodwood Festival of Speedhttps://www.goodwood.com/motorsport/festival-of-speed/
14/07/2023Goodwood Festival of Speedhttps://www.goodwood.com/motorsport/festival-of-speed/
14/07/2023Royal International Air Tattoohttps://www.airtattoo.com/
15/07/2023Royal International Air Tattoohttps://www.airtattoo.com/
16/07/2023Royal International Air Tattoohttps://www.airtattoo.com/
21/07/2023Peterhead Scottish Weekhttp://www.peterheadscottishweek.org/
29/07/2023Old Buckenham Airshowhttps://www.oldbuckenhamairshow.com/
30/07/2023Bray Air Display, Irelandhttps://brayairdisplay.com/
12/08/2023Blackpool Airshowhttps://www.visitblackpool.com/detail/blackpool-air-show-586350/
13/08/2023Blackpool Airshowhttps://www.visitblackpool.com/detail/blackpool-air-show-586350/
13/08/2023Whitby Regattahttps://whitbyregatta.co.uk/
16/08/2023Cromer Festivalhttps://www.visitnorthnorfolk.com/explore/visit/cromer/events-in-cromer
17/08/2023Eastbourne International Airshowhttps://www.visiteastbourne.com/airshow
18/08/2023Eastbourne International Airshowhttps://www.visiteastbourne.com/airshow
19/08/2023Eastbourne International Airshowhttps://www.visiteastbourne.com/airshow
20/08/2023Eastbourne International Airshowhttps://www.visiteastbourne.com/airshow
20/08/2023Folkestone Air Displayhttps://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/organising-event/upcoming-events-district
24/08/2023Clacton Airshowhttps://clactonairshow.com/
25/08/2023Clacton Airshowhttps://clactonairshow.com/
25/08/2023Sidmouth Regatta Airshowhttps://sidmouth.gov.uk/sidmouth-regatta-air-show-programme/
26/08/2023Rhyl Airshowhttps://denbighshireleisure.co.uk/rhylairshow/
27/08/2023Rhyl Airshowhttps://denbighshireleisure.co.uk/rhylairshow/
31/08/2023Bournemouth Air Festivalhttps://bournemouthair.co.uk/
01/09/2023Bournemouth Air Festivalhttps://bournemouthair.co.uk/
02/09/2023Bournemouth Air Festivalhttps://bournemouthair.co.uk/
03/09/2023Bournemouth Air Festivalhttps://bournemouthair.co.uk/
09/09/2023Southport Airshowhttps://www.visitsouthport.com/airshow/
09/09/2023Scottish International Ayr Show - Festival of Flighthttps://destinationsouthayrshire.co.uk/ayrshow/
10/09/2023Great North Runhttps://www.greatrun.org/events/great-north-run/
14/09/2023Guernsey Air Displayhttps://www.guernseyairdisplay.com/
14/09/2023Jersey International Airshowhttp://www.jerseyairdisplay.org.uk/
16/09/2023IWM Duxford Battle of Britain Airshowhttps://www.iwm.org.uk/airshows/duxford-battle-of-britain-airshow
17/09/2023IWM Duxford Battle of Britain Airshowhttps://www.iwm.org.uk/airshows/duxford-battle-of-britain-airshow
23/09/2023Malta International Airshowhttps://www.maltairshow.com/
24/09/2023Malta International Airshowhttps://www.maltairshow.com/