Red Arrows

Red Arrows In Seattle For Historic First Visit

The RAF aerobatics team has reached the West Coast of North America.

The Red Arrows Hawk jets have flown into Seattle, past the city's iconic Space Needle and waterfront in a historic first.

It was a milestone for the aerobatics team, as it was their first-ever visit to the city on the west coast of the United States of America.

Crowds gathered to meet the pilots and broader team at Boeing Field.

"We are doing quite a few displays," explained Wing Commander Andrew Keith.

The activities carried out on the ground are "so beneficial" to promoting the mission of the Red Arrows, Wing Commander Keith added.

"Our time on the ground is well worth the effort," he said.

The Reds are now eight weeks into their tour of North America and they have been performing displays and flypasts over some of the continent’s most famous landmarks.

"I could not have picked a best first year to be in the team," said Flight Lieutenant Damon Green.

"This tour just keeps on giving."

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The Red Arrows also flew over the Niagara Falls.

Until now, as part of their tour, the Red Arrows have already visited more than 20 different cities in North America.

Their mission goes further than airshows and entertainment, as one of the goals of the tour is to promote Britain, its trade, tourism and industry.

Seattle has a long history of aviation and is home to companies like Boeing, which is building the RAF’s new P8 maritime patrol aircraft.

Soon after disembarking the aircraft, the pilots met pupils at Raisbeck High school, a secondary school which teaches its students all about the world of aviation and aerospace.

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It is the first time in history the Red Arrows have visited Seattle.

The tour also aims to help promote science technology engineering and maths, showing the opportunities available.

There are more than 70 engineers on the tour keeping the Red Arrows Hawk jets airworthy and everyone wants a look around.

"The interaction has been fantastic... the passion over here for the armed forces is nothing I have [ever] seen before," said Squadron Leader Steve Morris.

Last year, trade and investment between the UK, Canada, and the US totalled more $260 billion dollars and this tour will want to help build on that.