Red Arrows Supervisor teases “some semblance of a tour” in 2020 during podcast

LAS VEGAS | Red 10 Sqn. Ldr. Adam Collins has teased a Red Arrows mini-tour in 2020, indicating the team will be heading to mainland Europe in the second half of the season.

Collins was speaking on the Show Centre Airshow Podcast with Ric Peterson, Matt Jolley and Rob Reider at the International Council of Air Shows Convention in Las Vegas when he was asked about his team’s 2020 season.

“I’m busy planning the season at the moment,” he said. “We’re going to be primarily in the UK this year. We’re then dipping in and out of [mainland] Europe for some semblance of a tour later on in the season, and we’ll see what shape that takes in a couple of months’ time.”

Ric Peterson, the commentator for the Sanicole Airshow in Belgium, then added: “I’ll get a chance to see you over in Europe again, without giving too much away from an upcoming schedule, but it looks like you may possibly be at Sanicole, and we’re looking forward to that.”

“Well, we’re looking at it at the moment. We still need to have our season ratified, but fingers crossed we’ll be at an airshow in Europe near you soon,” replied Collins.

The Red Arrows have recently returned from an 11-week tour of North America and are currently training for their 2020 season at RAF Scampton. Large-scale tours, like the team’s North America visit and their Far East tour of 2016, are typically up to two years in the making.