The Red Arrows were given the approval to perform after being granted a Public Display Authority (Picture: MOD).
Following months of training, the RAF's Red Arrows have been given the go-ahead for one of their busiest ever seasons.
The Red Arrows will tour North America as well as taking part in displays and flypasts across the UK and mainland Europe.
Formal approval to perform for audiences, known as Public Display Authority (PDA), was granted to the team on Wednesday.
It marks the official start of the Red Arrows' 55th season.
Wing Commander Andrew Keith, Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, said: “Getting to the point where we are ready to display in front of millions of people takes a huge amount of effort, over a sustained period, by every member of the Red Arrows.
“It is an honour to command this dedicated group of men and women, that not only showcase the RAF exceptionally well but are also proud ambassadors for a Global Britain."
Training for the new season began in October last year at the Red Arrows' home base of RAF Scampton, before the finishing touches were added in Greece on Exercise Springhawk.
The overseas training enabled crews to take advantage of more settled weather and to fly up to 15 displays a week.
In August, the team will begin its 11-week tour of Canada and the United States.
It will be the first time the Red Arrows have visited the region in 11 years, with displays planned on both the east and west coasts.
The aim of the tour is to support UK interests overseas, across trade, business, education and defence.