British Red Arrow Fighter Jets Soar Over Boston

Monday 19th August 2019

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team’s Red Arrows flew for 10 minutes over the Boston Harbour and waterfront

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Boston, USA - A flock of British fighter jets soared over Boston for the first time Monday morning, releasing their signature stream of red, white, and blue contrails.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team’s Red Arrows flew for 10 minutes over the Boston Harbor and waterfront around 11:20 a.m., said Paolo DiFabio, a spokesman for the British Consulate-General Boston. The flyover was scheduled for 11 a.m., but the show was pushed back 20 minutes after air traffic control delays.

In the Seaport District, hundreds of people, including families and workers taking a break from their desks, sat along the water’s edge and lolled in the grass, eagerly awaiting the planes.


The Red Arrows are carrying out their biggest-ever tour of North America, spanning more than 25 cities between August and mid-October.

The tour is the first visit by the Red Arrows to Canada and the United States in 11 years and it is aimed at promoting business, trade, education and defence links.

Carried out in support of the Government’s GREAT Britain campaign, the tour is an opportunity to enhance international trade and investment between the UK, Canada and the US, worth more than £208 billion in 2018.

It is also a chance to mark the UK’s continuing commitment to enduring relationships, mutual prosperity and extensive security cooperation with long-standing and close allies.

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.


1. Video - Boston Flypast from cockpit

2. Video - Boston Flypast from the air

3. Photos of the Flypast from the ground and air.


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


Photographs and videos of the team displaying are available by visiting:




British Red Arrow Fighter Jets Soar Over Boston


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