World famous Red Arrows to fly over Banbury today
The world famous Red Arrows will fly over Banbury this afternoon (Friday, June 4).
Pilots from the RAF display team will be flying from their base in Scampton, Lincoln, to RAF Fairford in Cheltenham.
During the journey they will be flying over Market Harborough and then the Banbury area at around between 3.20 and 3.27pm.
The team will be heading to the Midlands Air Festival, which is to take place at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire over the weekend. For more information about the festival see their website here: https://www.midlandsairfestival.com/
The Red Arrows began their Training for 2021 in October last year at RAF Scampton.
Pilots fly three times a day, five days a week - until the team's full nine-ship formation came together in March.
Each sortie follows the same two-hour cycle of pre-flight briefing, the flight itself and a thorough, analytical debrief. The aim is constant improvement.
There is a big team effort needed to allow the Red Arrows to perform for the public, from flight operations personnel and engineering technicians to administrators and suppliers.
For more information on the Red Arrows and military airshows see their website here: https://www.military-airshows.co.uk/press21/redarrowsschedule2021.htmA Red Arrows spokesperson said: "The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team is due to the display at the Midlands Air Festival today (Friday) and Saturday (June 5), plus a flypast on Sunday.
"This will be the first UK public display by the team since July 2019."
The flyover for the Banbury area is projected to be between points four and five on the schedule.
The RAF team's schedule is as follows:
Red Arrows Scampton to Fairford:
1. RAF SCAMPTON - 3.10pm
2. HARBY - 3.12pm
3. NW OF BOTTESFORD - 3.15pm
4. MARKET HARBOROUGH - 3.20pm
5. NW OF LEARFIELD - 3.27pm
6. ALDSWORTH - 3.29pm
7. RAF FAIRFORD - 3.30pm