THE RAF Red Arrows make their last UK appearance of the season at the Royal International Air Tattoo in July before jetting off on a major tour of the USA and Canada.

The aerobatic display team will cross the Atlantic after the show to start the high-profile Western Hawk 19 Tour in North America lasting nine weeks.

The Red Arrows are no stranger to the skies above RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire and have been a firm crowd-favourite at the airshow for the past three years.

Air Tattoo spokesman Richard Arquati said: “As always, we are delighted to welcome the Red Arrows back to the show.

“Their breath-taking flying displays never fail to disappoint however this year will be extra-special in light of their upcoming tour – we wish them a successful trip”.

During the Western Hawk 19 tour, the team will travel across the USA and Canada with a view to promoting trade and co-operation in support of the UK’s prosperity agenda.

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster announced their participation in the tour earlier this week.

He said: “The Red Arrows are an international symbol of Britain and this landmark event will generate a significant amount of investment. It is only right that, after more than a decade away, they return to the home of our closest defence ally.”

This summer’s air tattoo is drawing air forces from around the world. Among the stars on show will be Jordanian aerobatic team, a Harrier from the Spanish Navy and a Hornet from the Swiss Air Force.

The Techno Zone will return along with the Activity Zone, Vintage Village and RAF Experience.

Tickets for the airshow, which is staged in support of the RAF Charitable Trust, can be bought online at or by calling 01285 713456. All accompanied young people under the age of 18 get free entry.

Last year’s RIAT show marked the 100th anniversary of the RAF and attracted 302 aircraft, but was blighted by bad weather and traffic problems.