Red Arrows Aerobatic Show At Farnborough Forbidden After Shoreham Disaster

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RAF Red Arrows

The Royal Air Force’s demonstration team, the Red Arrows, will not be performing their aerobatic routine as originally planned at the popular biennial Farnborough International Airshow held in the United Kingdom and scheduled for July 11-17 this year. Instead, the team will be performing formation flypasts during the show.

In a press release from the RAF published on June 15, the decision to forgo the display came down to the assessed risk it posed to local safety in the wake of last year’s Shoreham disaster. The release stated that the “high speed and dynamic nature of the traditional Red Arrows’ display is no longer appropriate due to the large amounts of local housing, business areas and major transport links underneath the planned display area.”

The planned flypasts currently include a formation of the team and the new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II on July 11. The statement adds that “further Red Arrows flypasts in different formations are now planned for 15, 16 and 17 July.”

BREAKING NEWS – Hawker Hunter Down On UK Highway, Multiple Casualties Reported

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Hawker Hunter T.Mk.7 WV372 - Shoreham Airshow
Photo Courtesy Paul Johnson/Shoreham Airshow

A Hawker Hunter jet has crashed at the Shoreham Airshow in the UK today, and there are likely to be multiple casualties. The jet came down on a crowded highway just outside the airfield around 1:20pm local time. Multiple videos of the crash have been posted online; the aircraft can be seen coming down from a looping maneuver before descending below the tree tops and onto the roadway, then erupting in a large fireball.

Some reports from the scene indicate the pilot ejected before impact, but videos of the incident do not show any ejection. Other reports indicate the pilot may have been pulled from the wreckage alive. Most reports agree that there are at least a pair of bystander fatalities on the ground with the potential for more. The A27 highway has been closed in both directions and emergency services are responding.

The only Hunter listed on the show’s website as a performer is Hawker Hunter T.Mk.7 WV372, a privately held example of the type.

We will have more information as it becomes available.