Red Arrows over RAF Scampton

Red Arrows To Tour North America To Help Boost UK Investment

The nine-week tour is expected to bring home £2.5 billion investment for Britain.

Red Arrows over RAF Scampton

Red Arrows flying over RAF Scampton in their spectacular white, red and blue colours. (Picture: MOD)

The Red Arrows are to carry out their largest ever tour of North America to help boost UK investment.

The nine-week visit, which will cover the US and Canada, is expected to generate £2.5 billion for Britain.

It's their first major tour in more than 25 years.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, said:

“After an incredible year celebrating RAF 100, it seems only fitting that the Red Arrows prepare to illuminate the skies of our closest allies in 2019, celebrating and strengthening our incredible relationship with the US.”  

The deployment will be the first display the team has put on in the US in a decade, following a short visit by the Red Arrows to the east coast of the US in 2008. 

Air Vice Marshal Warren James, the senior RAF officer responsible for the Red Arrows, said:

"The deployment of the Red Arrows will demonstrate the global reach and capability of the RAF and our continuing support of the United Kingdom’s defence and commerce industries."

He added the tour "will showcase our excellence, professionalism and proud heritage in education, engineering, technology and finance to our allies. We are very much looking forward to our visit in August and September of 2019.” 

The US programme comes after the Red Arrows’ successful 2016 tour of Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

The announcement follows a debate in Parliament over the future of the Red Arrows home base, RAF Scampton after it was deemed "in a poor state of repair."

In July it was revealed that the Lincolnshire base, RAF Scampton, would be closed and sold off in 2022 as part of plans to save nearly £3 billion by the year 2040.

During the debate, MP for Lincoln Karen Lee asked for more clarity on the rationale behind the decision to close the base, saying thousands wanted the Red Arrows to remain there.

The RAF Aerobatics Team will be moved to other locations following the closure.