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Why aren’t the Red Arrows appearing at Sunday’s Wales Airshow?

The Red Arrows are returning to the Wales Airshow this weekend for a much-anticipated performance.

The world-renowned RAF team have become a highlight of the annual event, which unfolds in the skies above Swansea Bay on 6 and 7 July.

This year, however, they will only appear on one of two days, where previously they had performed on both.

What are the Red Arrows?

The Red Arrows are the aerobatic display team of the RAF, and often the most popular part of national airshows which become more frequent during the summer, as the skies get clearer and the weather becomes warmer.

They are based at RAF Waddington, in Lincolnshire.

Since forming in 1964, the Red Arrows have appeared at national events up and down the UK, including D-Day commemorative events, birthday flypasts for the late Queen Elizabeth II, and now King Charles III.

According to the RAF’s website, they had performed in 57 countries worldwide by the end of 2016, for millions of people.

During a tour of the Middle East and Asia-Pacific that year, they performed for a billion people across 17 countries over nine weeks.

The RAF says that many pilots were inspired to join the Red Arrows after seeing them perform as children.

What is the Wales Airshow?

The Wales Airshow became an annual event in 2016, after previously taking place every other year.

It is held in Swansea Bay across a five mile radius over a weekend. This year, it is scheduled for 6 and 7 July.

Thousands of people take to the Welsh city every year to catch a glimpse of the best the RAF has to offer, including the Eurofighter Typhoons planes and the Gazelle Squadron helicopters.

The Red Arrows are a famed part of the airshow, and, like most of the other performers, normally perform on the Saturday and Sunday.

What is different in 2024?

This year, the Red Arrows will only perform on Saturday, as they are needed elsewhere later.

They will be at Swansea at 5.15pm on Saturday, after a short flight from Cardiff Airport.

For those wishing to seem them, they will leave the airport at 4.59pm, and will fly past the following places:

  • 5:01pm – Cardiff West
  • 5:02pm – Overseas
  • 5:04pm – The town of Caerleon
  • 5:10pm – Mynydd Wysg, in Powys
  • 5:12pm – Mynydd Milo (
  • 5:14pm – The village of Ponlliw
  • 5.15pm – Wales Airshow Display at Swansea
  • 5.16pm – Overseas
  • 5:53pm – Cardiff Airport

But they will then be heading to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

Where can you see them on Sunday?

The Red Arrows will still appear in the Welsh sky on Sunday as they head to Silverstone, for those who want to catch a glimpse.

They are set to leave Cardiff Airport at 11.14am, before heading past Fairwater near Cardiff at around 11.16am, passing the village of Gilfach Goch at 11.17am, and the towns of Aberkenfig and Porthcawl at 11.18am and 11.19am respectively.

When can I next see them?

The Red Arrows have a packed schedule this summer, performing on 40 days in the UK, Norway, Canada and France.

On 11 and 12 July, the Red Arrows will return at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex. Next, they will perform at the RAF Waddington Families Day in Lincolnshire.

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