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Red Arrows flight path and route map for Midlands Air Festival displays

The iconic Red Arrows season of displays begins with the Midlands Air Festival, with bright conditions and clear skies meaning swathes of Midlanders will have the chance to catch a glimpse of the aerobatic display team of the RAF.

Formed in 1964, their flypasts have become must-see events, and the displays often grace major national commemorations. Made up of nine red Hawk jets, they entertain crowds with their thrilling manoeuvres and perfect formation flying, often accompanied by red, white and blue smoke trailing behind them.

The beginning of their busy summer run will see the jets lock in for three days of acrobatics this weekend, in Alcester, Warwickshire.

What is the Red Arrows flight path on Friday?

The Red Arrows will fly over parts of Warwickshire on Friday as part of the Midlands Air Festival, the debut route of their three-day residency at the festival.

Between 5pm and 6pm the jets will take a circular journey from RAF Brize Norton, heading north to Malvern, Tenbury Wells, then east to Stourport-on-Severn.

At Redditch the Red Arrows will turn south towards Alcester, flying over the air festival base at Ragley Hall. Although subject to change, the planes are set to arrive at the show for their display over Ragley Hall at 5.30 pm.

Here is their full schedule for the transit to Brize Norton, complete with coordinates:

  1. 530958N 0003126W RAF WADDINGTON (EGXW)- 2.40pm
  2. 531318N 0004127W SW OF HARBY – 2.42pm
  3. 522828N 0005257W EAST OF LITTLE BOWDER – 2.49pm
  4. 520927N 0010017W NW OF CALDECOTE – 2.52pm
  5. 520442N 0011156W VCY OF GREATWORTH – 2.54pm
  6. 515617N 0013425W WEST OF CHIPPING NORTON – 2.57pm
  7. 514500N 0013459W RAF BRIZE NORTON (EGVN) – 2.59pm
The Red arrows’ path will span from below Oxford to above Nottingham (Image: Military Airshows / Google maps)

Here are the schedule and coordinates for the Midlands Air Festival display:

  1. 514500N 0013459W RAF BRIZE NORTON – 5.14pm
  2. 515150N 0013616W SHIPTON UNDER WYCHWOOD – 5.16pm
  3. 515708N 0014153W NE OF BROADWELL – 5.17pm
  4. 520531N 0021329W W OF SEVERN STOKE – 5.20pm
  5. 520714N 0023113W SW OF BISHOPS FROME – 5.22pm
  6. 521952N 0023206W N OF NEWNHAM BRIDGE – 5.25pm
  7. 522028N 0015454W E OF ROWNEY GREEN – 5.28pm
  8. 521741N 0015405W VCY OF REDDITCH – 5.29pm
  9. 521140N 0015355W MIDLANDS AIR FESTIVAL DISPLAY – 5.30pm
  10. 520543N 0015344W W OF BRETFORTON – 5.52pm
  11. 515708N 0014153W NE OF BROADWELL – 5.54pm
  12. 515150N 0013616W SHIPTON UNDER WYCHWOOD – 5.57pm
  13. 514500N 0013459W RAF BRIZE NORTON – 6.00pm

What else is on at Midlands Air Festival?

The Red arrows aren’t the only attraction at the festival. On Friday evening, if you stick around until nightfall you will catch some airborne Pyrotechnics featuring Extra 300s and Fournier RF4Ds.

Otherwise, throughout the day on the Ragley Hall Estate, there will be a wide array of displays including Warbirds, Classic Jets, Helicopters, amazing high-energy aerobatics, aerial ballet, flying circus and some of the largest radio-controlled models in the world.

Wingwalkers will also grace the skies, along with Flying Bulls B-25J Mitchells, Rolls Royce Heritage Flight Spitfires and a Turbulent Display Team.

What is the weather forecast?

This weekend the Midlands look to be generally dry and bright with some cloud but pleasant temperatures with highs of 18 °C.

On Friday, there are small chances of light showers with some sunny spells. Breezy conditions will be consistent throughout the weekend, according to the Met Office.

On Saturday there is a chance of mist, but this will clear quickly to make way for highs of 20 °C, with only patchy cloud meaning it will feel warm.

Conditions will be similar on Sunday, with the weather likely to be sunny, dry and settled, making for optimal early summer conditions for jet-spotting.

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