RAF Red Arrows 2020

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RAF Red Arrows 2020

Post by Flightline Uk » Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:43 pm

The RAF Red Arrows have announced Flight Lieutenants Will Cambridge, Nick Critchell and James Turner as they new team members joining for the 2020 Display season

https://www.raf.mod.uk/display-teams/re ... 20-season/

Going into the 2020 pre-season training phase, the pilot line-up is:

Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – Wing Commander Andrew Keith
Red 1 and Team Leader – Squadron Leader Martin Pert
Red 2 – Flight Lieutenant Will Cambridge
Red 3 – Flight Lieutenant Nick Critchell
Red 4 – Flight Lieutenant James Turner
Red 5 – Flight Lieutenant David Simmonds
Red 6 – Flight Lieutenant Jon Bond
Red 7 – Squadron Leader Gregor Ogston
Red 8 – Flight Lieutenant Damo Green
Red 9 and Executive Officer – Squadron Leader Steve Morris
Red 10 and Supervisor – Squadron Leader Adam Collins
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:46 am

Unless things improve, the Red Arrows' 2020 season probably comes to an end before it even started. :(
While more and more airshows are being canceled most of the Military display teams work hard practicing for the 2020 display season and this includes the RAF Red Arrows however all this might be for nothing as today the RAF confirmed that if the situation with the Covid-19 won't improve until next month (that's when the decision will be made) all of the air displays and flypasts by the team will be canceled, this includes the short mainland Europe tour that was planned for the second half of the season and all 11 pilots will return to their frontline duties. If this does happen it is expected that the current team will still perform regular practice displays along with their other duties. This would be the first time in 50 years that the team had not performed at UK air shows.
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Post by Adam » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:44 am

I'm not sure of their sources (I wish Scramble would say where they get their information from when it hasn't been publically announced through the official channels) but their post seems largely consistent with the statement released by the Red Arrows this morning. It reads:
Given the current restrictions in the UK and many European partner nations to contain the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the decision has been taken not to send the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, 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.

Updates will be given as the details of the Red Arrows' commitment to displays this season becomes clearer.
According to The Express yesterday, in an article dubiously titled "Crisis grounds the RAF's Aerobatic team", even if the team's displays are axed for 2020 and the pilots returned to front line duties, the pilots will still perform display practices to ensure their skills are maintained. This is, I assume, what the Red Arrows' statement refers to when saying they will "maintain their capabilities".


Edited to add: On a similar note, I happened to be speaking to the organiser of a 2020 airshow due to recieve the Patrouille de France on the phone over the weekend, and he says that they, too, are expecting to have their entire season axed in the near future.
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:30 am

Congratulations to the RAF Red Arrows who have successfully completed their PDA (Public Display Authority) today!
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Post by RyanS » Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:49 am

@Adam had a great explanation of what the Red Arrows routine looks like in 2020 (if they get to fly it)

http://thisisflight.net/2020/07/08/what ... look-like/
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Post by Flightline Uk » Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:18 am

The 2020 display ribbon diagrams are on https://www.raf.mod.uk/display-teams/re ... of-display
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Post by Adam » Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:20 pm

Small update: Red 10 said today during the Virtual Air Tattoo that the team's 2020 schedule currently consists of the Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow and several international events, but they hope to add more as the situation permits. Nice to hear what is effectively the first airshow confirmation from them of the year.
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:05 am

Red Arrows VJ Day Flypasts are happening this Saturday! More details on the route and times Below.

553034N 0043540W PRESTWICK AD: 1243
552442N 0044255W E OF DUNURE: 1245
545829N 0051451W OVERSEA: 1250
545310N 0051127W OVERSEA: 1251
544848N 0052118W OVERSEA: 1252
545304N 0053233W OVERSEA: 1253
544556N 0054242W N OF WHITEHEAD: 1255
544027N 0054935W OVERSEA: 1257
543629N 0055436W BELFAST: 1258
543252N 0055908W N OF LISBURN: 1258
542512N 0055951W S OF BALLYRUNE: 1300
540931N 0052501W OVERSEA: 1305
525653N 0043405W VCY OF PORTH DINLLAEN: 1321
523648N 0040747W NW OF BROAD WATER: 1325
520139N 0040802W S OF MYNYDD: 1331
514430N 0035121W N OF RHYD-Y-FRO: 1334
515048N 0032750W N OF CANTREF RESR: 1337
513254N 0031335W N OF CARDIFF: 1341
512749N 0030944W CARDIFF: 1343
512229N 0031230W OVERSEA: 1344
512348N 0032036W CARDIFF AD: 1345

FORMATION PLANS TO TRANSIT AT 250-2000FT AGL. TIMINGS, HGT AND
ROUTE ARE APRX AND MAY CHANGE DUE TO WX OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS.
2020-08-0252/AS1

Add 1hr for BST
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