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Flight path and route map for Guernsey transit

The Red Arrows are heading south to the Channel Islands today in readiness for their key role in Guernsey’s Battle of Britain air display.

This year the show, which has been running for more than 60 years, has been brought forward from September to June just to fit in with the Red Arrow’s schedule.

Natalie Davidson, the event’s organiser, said the “key” role the Red Arrows play in the event made moving it forward “a pretty easy decision to make”.

Based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, the Royal Air Force’s aerobatic team has been putting on displays for 60 years and will be part of dozens of shows across the UK, mainland Europe and Canada.

Flying distinctive Hawk jets, the flight team showcase precision flying and a combination of close formations including the trademark diamond nine formation.

Perhaps one of the most significant events of the summer has been the team’s role in helping to mark the 80th anniversary of the the D-Day landings last week, where the team flew past Normandy as part of commemorative events.

The King and Queen, Rishi Sunak, Sir Keir Starmer, French President Emmanuel Macron, US President Joe Biden and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky were among the dignitaries, with veterans and military personnel attending commemorative events in France.

Handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of the Red Arrows performing a fly-past during the UK's national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, hosted by the Ministry of Defence on Southsea Common in Portsmouth, Hampshire. Picture date: Wednesday June 5, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Cpl Phil Dye/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The Red Arrows will fly in and out of Bournemouth Airport today to head to the coast of Normandy, after a fly past over Portsmouth yesterday. (Photo: Cpl Phil Dye/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA)

What is the Red Arrows’ flight path today?

On Wednesday 12 June, the Red Arrows team is flying across the English Channel to Guernsey this afternoon for the Battle of Britain Air Display on Thursday 13 June.

The Battle of Britain was a major air campaign fought largely over southern England in the summer and autumn of 1940.

Commemorating the lives and legacy of all RAF aircrew who have served their country over the last 100 years or more, the Guernsey display also aims to ensure the continued preservation of historic aircraft.

The squad of jets will leave Lincolnshire at 4pm, cross over the East Midlands and Oxfordshire and then head south through Dorset to the coast arriving in Guernsey at 4.40pm.

Here is the full schedule for the Red Arrows transit to Guernsey

Red Arrows – RAF Waddington towards Guernsey Transit – Wednesday 12 June 2024

1.   530958N 0003126W     RAF WADDINGTON    – 4.00pm
2.   530740N 0002037W     NW OF MARTIN    – 4.02pm
3.   525808N 0001747W     GREAT HALE    – 4.03pm
4.   523607N 0005305W     W OF TUGBY    – 4.09pm
5.   522357N 0005644W     N OF HASELBACH    – 4.11pm
6.   520304N 0011847W     VCY OF BANBURY    – 4.15pm
7.   515001N 0015733W     S OF WITHINGTON    – 4.19pm
8.   513842N 0015904W     E OF OAKSEY    – 4.21pm
9.   510858N 0022240W     SE OF UPPER NOBLE    – 4.27pm
10.   505209N 0021551W     W OF TURNWORTH    – 4.30pm
11.   503347N 0015203W     SE OF SWANAGE    – 4.34pm
12.   495951N 0020006W     FIR BOUNDARY    – 4.40pm

Timings and routes may need to be changed due to weather conditions.

What is the weather forecast?

The weather forecast for the flight to the Channel islands looks set to be clear and bright for much of the journey.

According to the Met Office, the south of England including Swanage in Dorset can expect variable cloud cover, sunny spells and the outside chance of a light shower.

The good news is the sunny periods are likely to become more frequent later in the afternoon with light winds. The maximum temperature 18 °C.

Guernsey’s forecast is a for a sunny afternoon with a gentle breeze and zero chance of rain. There may be a small amount of cloud cover but it should be fairly clear for the Red Arrows arrival. Temperatures will be slightly lower than the mainland with a maximum high of 15 °C.

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