March 23, 2022 2.30 pm

Red Arrows’ 2022 UK schedule has 50 summer displays

The overseas dates will be confirmed soon

The locations and events across the UK that the Red Arrows will appear at this year have been revealed, with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team performing displays on 50 occasions this summer.

And there will be new faces in the display team this year after the retirement of Squadron Leader and Red 9 pilot Steve Morris following the conclusion of the 2021 season.

Jon Bond, a Red Arrows veteran, was also due to retire alongside Steve Morris, but after Flight Lieutenant Damo Green announced his withdrawal from the team due to family circumstances, Bond agreed to rejoin the Red Arrows as pilot of Red 8.

Jon Bond is returning to the Red Arrows team. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

As well as the returning Squadron Leader Bond, there are also three new faces in the team for 2022, in the form of Flight Lieutenants Stuart Roberts and Patrick Kershaw, as well as Squadron Leader Graeme Muscat.

The trio will be flying Reds 2, 3 and 10 respectively on this year’s sorties, with the first appearance set for the beginning of June.

(Left to right) Flight Lieutenant Stuart Roberts, Squadron Leader Graeme Muscat and Flight Lieutenant Patrick Kershaw will join the Red Arrows lineup for next season. | Photo: RAF Red Arrows

The first display of the season will be on June 2 at the Midlands Air Festival, appearing at 50 different dates across the country before rounding off the national tour at the Great North Run on September 11.

In between then will be appearances at the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone, as well as the Isle of Wight Festival, the Isle of Man TT, and various air shows.

The Reds flew over Wembley Stadium ahead of England’s Euro 2020 final in the summer of 2021. | Photo: Royal Air Force

The released list does not include flypasts, and overseas dates will be released in due course, with the Reds again expected to represent Lincolnshire and Great Britain across the world this year.

Each year the team changes its aerobatic displays, and over the off-season months the pilots have been hard at work developing new synchronised moves to wow audiences.

The full list for the Red Arrows schedule is as follows, and to find information about each event, visit the RAF website and follow the dedicated links:

  • June 2 and 3 – Midlands Air Festival
  • June 3, 4 and 5 – English Riviera Airshow (Torbay)
  • June 7 – Isle of Man TT
  • June 11 – Teeside Airshow
  • June 12 – Cosford Airshow
  • June 17 – Isle of Wight Festival
  • June 23, 24 and 26 – Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • June 24 – Headcorn Airshow
  • June 25 – Scarborough National Armed Forces’ Day
  • June 25 – Cleethorpes National Armed Forces’ Day
  • June 26 – West Air Festival (Weston-super-Mare)
  • July 2 and 3 – Wales National Airshow (Swansea)
  • July 2 – Teignmouth Airshow
  • July 3 – Silverstone (British F1 Grand Prix)
  • July 9 and 10 – Southport Airshow
  • July 15, 16 and 17 – Royal International Air Tattoo
  • July 20 – Peterhead (Scottish Week)
  • July 23 – The Making Waves Festival (Irvine, Scotland)
  • August 10 – Falmouth Week
  • August 13 – Whitby Regatta
  • August 13 and 14 – Blackpool Airshow
  • August 17 – Cromer Carnival
  • August 18, 19, 20 and 21 – Airbourne (Eastbourne International Airshow)
  • August 21 – Folkestone Air Display
  • August 25 and 26 – Clacton Airshow
  • August 26 – Sidmouth
  • August 27 and 28 – Rhyl Airshow
  • September 1, 2, 3 and 4 – Bournemouth Air Festival
  • September 8 – Guernsey Air Display
  • September 9 – Jersey International Air Display
  • September 10 – Causeway International Airshow (Portrush, Northern Ireland)
  • September 11 – Great North Run