Red Arrows at the Commonwealth Games 2022: where and when in Birmingham can I see them- where are they based?

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The world famous air acrobatics team the Red Arrows have thrilled crowds across the globe for decades - and they are set to make a flying visit to Birmingham.

They are one of the more iconic teams in the Royal Air Force, and they will be a part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

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Here’s all you need to know about the Red Arrows and when you will be able to see them over the West Midlands on 28 July.

Why are the Red Arrows coming to Birmingham?

The Red Arrows will be flying over Birmingham at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremonyThe Red Arrows will be flying over Birmingham at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
The Red Arrows will be flying over Birmingham at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony | Getty Images

The Red Arrows aerobatic team will be flying over the region as part of the celebrations for the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games.

The ceremony marks the beginning of the Games, which will see athletes from around the world descend on Birmingham for 11 packed days of sporting action.

The Red Arrows are often front and centre of major UK events, and their appearance at the Commonwealth Games will just be the latest since they took part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.

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When will the Red Arrows be above Birmingham?

Military Airshows have published the flight schedule for the Red Arrows today (28 July) which also sees them perform a display at RAF Marham.

The Red Arrows are due to be over Birmingham at around 8.15pm.

Below is the full schedule of the flight, including the take off and landing times at the Red Arrows’ base at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

  • 7.35pm - depart from RAF Scampton
  • 7.38pm - south east of Fiskerton
  • 7.39pm - north east of Wragby
  • 7.40pm - north of Claxby
  • 7.43pm - north east of Willingham
  • 7.44pm - north of Brixholme
  • 7.45pm - flypast Canwick Lincoln
  • 7.46pm - north west of Metheringham
  • 7.49pm - north west of Moulton Seas End
  • 7.54pm - west of Oakham
  • 7.59pm - south of Sutton-on-Trent
  • 8.03pm - vicinity of Blackwell
  • 8.04pm - vicinity of Heanor
  • 8.06pm - east of Wotton
  • 8.08pm - vicinity of Bromley Wood
  • 8.10pm - west of Lichfield
  • 8.11pm - south west of Shenstone
  • 8.12pm - flypast Perry Park
  • 8.13pm - vicinity of Birmingham
  • 8.18pm - Birmingham (Commonwealth Games)
  • 8.25pm - south east of Besthorpe
  • 8.26pm - return to RAF Scampton

How can I watch the Red Arrows?

Those who live within the vicinity of their flight path may be able to catch a glimpse of the Red Arrows flying over on their way to or from the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

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For what may be a better view all around, you can tune into BBC One/ One HD from 7.30pm for full coverage of the opening ceremony.

What are the Red Arrows?

The Red Arrows is a Royal Air Force display team which has become famous around the world for their stunts and acrobatics.

Based at RAF Scampton, the Red Arrows had at the beginning of 2022 flown over 5,000 displays in 58 countries across the world.

All pilots have flown oprationaly for the RAF in frontline aircraft such as the Typhoon jet fighter.

The Red Arrows have been flying displays since 1965.

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