RAF Red Arrows release 2021 airshow schedule

SCAMPTON | The RAF Red Arrows have released their 2021 display schedule and display routine, coinciding with their Public Display Authority being awarded today (Thursday 20th May).

The team’s 2021 PDA – a high-level certification that the team are safe and permitted to display to the public – was awarded at Tanagra Air Base in Greece, where the team are conducting spring training.

Following the announcement of the PDA, details of the Reds’ 2021 season were revealed on their website. The team will perform at a much smaller selection of events than usual this year, with just eight planned in the UK, as well as two in the Channel Islands, two in Belgium and one in Poland.

It is likely that further displays will be added, as individual airshows have already declared the team to be unavaible due to “operational commitments” on dates left vacant on today’s schedule.

This year’s display routine will include several new and modified manoeuvres, including Boomerang, Python and the Rolling Heart. The Wall Arrival, Hammer Break and Mirror Roll will return to the display for the first time since 2017, 2016 and 2015 respectively, while the Corkscrew, Vertical Break and Carosel have been dropped this year.

It has been almost two years since the team’s last UK display due to an extensive North American tour in 2019 and numerous airshow cancellations in 2020. You can see their full schedule below:

Date Show Location Country
Jun 4-5 United Kingdom Midlands Air Festival Ragley Hall, Alcester UK
Jun 25 United Kingdom Battle of Britain Airshow Headcorn UK
Jun 27 Belgium Belgian Air Force Days Florennes Belgium
Jul 8-11 United Kingdom Goodwood Festival of Speed Goodwood UK
Jul 18 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Silverstone UK
Jul 24-25 United Kingdom Duxford Summer Airshow IWM Duxford UK
Aug 20-22 Poland AeroBaltic Gdynia Poland
Aug 27 United Kingdom Sidmouth Air Display Sidmouth UK
Sep 2-5 United Kingdom Bournemouth Air Festival Bournemouth UK
Sep 9 Jersey Jersey International Air Display St. Helier Jersey
Sep 9 Guernsey Guernsey Air Display St. Peter Port Guernsey
Sep 10 Belgium Sanicole Sunset Airshow Hechtel Belgium
Sep 11-12 United Kingdom RAF Cosford Airshow Cosford UK

The team’s 2021 display routine is as follows:

FULL (5,500ft+) ROLLING (2,500-5,500ft) FLAT (1,000-2,500ft)
Wall Arrival Wall Arrival Wall Arrival
Pyramid to Nine Arrow Loop Nine Arrow to Diamond Rollbacks Nine Arrow to Diamond Rollbacks
Diamond Roll Diamond Roll Diamond Present
Swan to Feathered Arrow Loop and Feathered Arrow Present Feathered Arrow Present Feathered Arrow Present
Big Vixen Roll Big Vixen Roll Big Vixen Present
Tornado Tornado Tornado
Hammer Break Detonator Detonator
Gypo Pass (Gypo) Gypo Pass (Gypo) Gypo Pass (Gypo)
Cyclone (Synchro) Cyclone (Synchro) Cyclone (Synchro)
Goose (Enid, 8) Goose (Enid, 8) Goose (Enid, 8)
Heart (Synchro, 9) Rolling Heart (Synchro, 9) Vortex (Synchro, 9)
Opposition Barrel (Synchro) Opposition Barrel (Synchro) Opposition Barrel (Synchro)
Slalom (Enid) Slalom (Enid) Slalom (Enid)
Mirror Roll (Gypo) Mirror Roll (Gypo) Mirror Flat (Gypo)
Rollbacks (Enid) Rollbacks (Enid) Rollbacks (Enid)
Gypo Break (Gypo) Gypo Break (Gypo) Gypo Break (Gypo)
Crossbow (Synchro) Crossbow (Synchro) Crossbow (Synchro)
Python (Enid, 8, 9) Python (Enid, 8, 9) Revolution (Enid, 8, 9)
Boomerang (Synchro) Opposition Barrel (Synchro) Opposition Barrel (Synchro)
Vixen Break (Enid, 8, 9) Vixen Break (Enid, 8, 9) Vixen Break (Enid, 8, 9)