Red Arrows gear up for display

The Red Arrows low level flypast over 04 threshold at RAF Scampton
The Red Arrows low level flypast over 04 threshold at RAF Scampton

The world famous Red Arrows will put on a display in Stornoway for the first time in more than a decade later this month.

On Monday June 29th, the public can gather at Stornoway Ferry Terminal at 5pm to watch the 21 minute display, a change from the original viewing location of Stornoway Airport.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team have been invited by Stornoway Port Authority to be part of the celebrations to mark its 150th anniversary this year.

The display involves nine pilots in BAE Hawk Trainers led by Team Manager David Montenegro.

Audiences can expect to see synchronised formation aerobatics followed by a more dynamic second half, says the Red Arrows website.

The type of display will depend heavily on the weather on the day but there are three options for the team - full, rolling or flat.

To carry out a full, looping, display the base of the cloud must be above 5,500ft to avoid the aircraft entering thecloud at the top of the loop.

If the cloud base is less than 5,500ft, but more than 2,500ft, the Team will perform the rolling display – substituting wing-overs and rolls for the loops.

And when the cloud base is below 2,500ft,the Team will fly the flat display, consisting of a series of flypasts and steep turns.

For this season’s display, there are a number of new moves added to the show, including the Whirlwind – where all nine jets are seen rolling, before going into the Blackbird loop.

Also, watch out for the revival of the Mirror Roll, which has not been flown by the team for five years.

It involves Red 6 flying an inverted barrel roll at minus-2.5G with Reds 7, 8 and 9 in formation.

And, in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the Royal Air Force’s continued role in 2015 in securing the skies, the Red Arrows are flying the shape of a Spitfire.

In this manoeuvre, Reds 4 and 5 trail smoke to represent the wing tip vortexes seen in the intense battle over the United Kingdom.