How The Red Arrows Made Jacob’s Dream Come True

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Monday 22nd July 2019

How The Red Arrows Made Jacob’s Dream Come True


Story: RAF Fairford, Gloucester, UK - Five-year-old, Jacob had his wish come true today when he met the RAF Red Arrows at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). Jacob’s dad, Andrew, had posted a tweet on Friday asking pilots at RIAT to salute Jacob when he saluted them. Dressed in a green flight suit, Jacob thought he might get one or two salutes on the day.

The Red Arrows knew they could go one better, so invited Jacob and his dad to join them on the flight line in front of their iconic Hawk jets.

Jacob said, “This is amazing, I can’t believe I’m meeting the Red Arrows.”

When Jacob saluted, all the Reds returned the salute before they headed off for their final domestic display for the crowds at RIAT.

Final preparations are being made for the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team’s biggest-ever tour to North America. The Red Arrows leave for Canada and the United States in just over two weeks, expecting to depart the United Kingdom on August 5.

More than 25 cities will be visited by the team across the 11-week deployment, which is aimed at promoting the best of British and supporting trade, business and defence interests.

Wing Commander Andrew Keith, Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, said: “Tours by the Red Arrows have always been an important role of the team – aiming to demonstrate RAF expertise, helping to highlight UK excellence across a range of sectors and celebrating close connections with friends and allies.

“With only days to go before the Red Arrows depart for North America, and with more tour locations now being released, all of us in the team hope people across Canada and the United States will be able to join us in the coming weeks and enjoy one of our displays, flypasts or events.”

It is the first time the Red Arrows have been to North America since 2008 and the deployment will be the most ambitious tour of Canada and the United States ever undertaken by the team – going coast-to-coast.

The tour is an indication of the UK’s continuing commitment to enduring relationships, mutual prosperity and extensive security cooperation in the region.

With stops across the continent, the tour comprises a combination of nearly 20 aerobatic displays, several iconic flypasts and 100 separate ground engagement activities – from business receptions to sessions aimed at inspiring young people.

Each show is a demonstration of creativity, engineering excellence and innovation – not just hallmarks of the Red Arrows and RAF but of the proven capabilities, strengths and skills of the UK.

Moreover, the tour provides chance to celebrate and enhance international trade and investment between the UK, Canada and the US, worth more than £208 billion in 2018.

For more information on the Red Arrows, follow @rafredarrows on Twitter, like the team’s Facebook page at RAF Red Arrows, view pictures on Instagram @rafredarrows or visit

Use #redarrowstour online to keep up-to-date with the Red Arrows’ tour of North America.


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Officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows showcase the excellence of the RAF and represent the United Kingdom both at home and overseas. The team consists of 11 pilots, nine of whom fly in the display, and more than 100 support personnel and technicians. Each of the pilots has previous fast-jet, operational experience flying the Tornado, Typhoon or Harrier, enabling the RAF to secure the skies and protect the nation and its interests, 365-days a year. One of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the Red Arrows had completed nearly 5,000 displays, in 57 countries, by the beginning of 2019. Flying Hawk T1 jets, the team is based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.


Below is the latest list of locations where the Red Arrows will visit in Canada and the United States. Activities will typically include either a flypast, display or ground engagement-only – or a combination of these elements. Venues and places are subject to change. More details for each location will be released ahead of each stop and date:


Halifax (including a flypast on August 11) – August 7-13

Ottawa – flypast on August 13

Gatineau – display at Gatineau-Ottawa Airshow on August 13

Chicago (including displays at the Chicago Air and Water Show) – August 14-18

Boston – August 19

Atlantic City – display at Thunder Over The Boardwalk – August 21

New York (including displays at the New York Airshow) – August 22-24

Washington DC – August 25-28

Niagara Falls – August 28 

Toronto (including displays at the Canadian International Airshow) – August 28-September 5

Dayton, Ohio – September 5

St. Louis (including displays at Spirit of St. Louis Airshow and STEM Expo) – September 6-9

Fort Worth/Dallas – September 9-16 

Houston – September 11

Denver – September 17-18

Portland (including displays at The Oregon International Airshow) – September 18-23

Seattle – September 23-24

Vancouver (including a flypast on September 26) – September 24-27

Victoria – flypast on September 26

Miramar Airshow, San Diego – displays September 27-29

San Francisco – October 1-2

Long Beach – October 2

The Great Pacific Airshow (Huntington Beach) – displays October 4-6

Rapid City – October 8


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