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.”

3 Responses

  1. Andy b

    It was good to find this out before I bought tickets. Let’s hope theirs not to many fishermen at sea for the coastal displays. We can’t have them ruined as well.

  2. Roland Delhomme

    God forbid they have an A-320 meet geese during the show, right?

  3. Keith McIntyre

    how pathetic – the Red Arrows display is an essential part of Farnborough –

    yet further hobbling of our armed forces…

    Keith McIntyre

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