Every year, hundreds of people flock to see the Red Arrows display team paint the skies red, white and blue, with dazzling displays over the Isle of Wight during Cowes week, as onlookers marvel at the skills of the most talented RAF pilots.
According to Shirley Leavers, who gawped at the spectacular red arrows’ displays in 2018: “The Red Arrows are typically British – they’re just the best and there’s nothing quite like them anywhere else in the world.”
However, it would appear that tourists and island residents will miss out on such spectacular displays of air acrobatics in 2019, as the Red Arrows will be flying the flag in North America in August and September of 2019, where they are set to carry out their largest ever tour of North America.
Announcing the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team’s historic nine-week programme, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Our Red Arrows fly the flag for Britain across the globe, both in the skies and on the ground, and this tour will not only showcase their teamwork and aviation excellence, but also promote our great nation to billions of people across the world.”
The Red Arrows’ North American tour is expected to generate two-and-a-half billion pounds in direct foreign investment for the UK.