March 25, 2021 1.55 pm This story is over 32 months old

Red Arrows complete first nine-ship sortie of 2021

Training ahead of the new season this summer

The Red Arrows took to the skies above RAF Scampton for their first nine-ship sortie of the year on Wednesday.

The nine-ship sortie on Wednesday, March 24 was the first to be led by Red 1, Squadron Leader Tom Bould, who took over the role from Martin Pert in October 2020. It is always a significant moment in the team’s training.

The new 2021 season for the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team is due to begin in June, with details still being finalised.

Red Arrows Team Leader Tom Bould. | Photo: SAC Katrina Knox – MoD/Crown Copyright 2020

Ahead of a new season the Red Arrows start with small groups of aircraft and build up the numbers and complexity before then carrying out nine-ship sorties.

As part of the work up to the new season, the Red Arrow travelled for a practice display at RAF Valley on Thursday, March 25.

The Red Arrows team is made up of nine pilots, a safety supervisor and an Officer Commanding – meet them here.

Red Arrows out as a nine on Wednesday, March 24 for the first time under Squadron Leader, Red 1, Tom Bould. | Photo: Sarah Brooks