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Red Arrows flying over Greater Manchester this afternoon – here’s where you can see them

Is there anything more iconic in Britain than the Red Arrows? Well you've got a great chance to see them today.

The world-renowned Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, famously known as the Red Arrows, are set to hit the skies above Greater Manchester today.

Flying their unmistakable Hawk fast-jets, the Red Arrows are synonymous with precision and breathtaking aerobatic displays that have dazzled audiences worldwide for decades.

The spectacle is part of the Red Arrows’ journey from their base at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire to Blackpool Airport, scheduled for tomorrow evening, with a departure time locked in for 4 p.m.

The Red Arrows in Greater Manchester

The 30-minute journey promises a thrilling aerial showcase over several picturesque northern areas of Greater Manchester.

Starting from their base in Lincolnshire, the squad will first traverse Nottinghamshire before their flight path takes them through Ashbourne in Derbyshire, a picturesque gateway to the Peak District.

Enthusiasts should keep their eyes to the skies as they pass near Glossop before making their way over the charming terrain of Saddleworth in Oldham and skimming close to the heart of Rochdale.

The journey continues as the Red Arrows soar over Heywood, central Bury, northern Bolton, and Horwich before reaching Burscough in Lancashire.

You can check out their path by clicking here.

Their path then makes a smooth descent towards Merseyside and Cheshire, setting the stage for what promises to be a spectacular display at the Southport Airshow on Saturday.

We’ve put together a handy list of times they will be over Manchester, so keep your eyes on the skies.

Red Arrows Flight Route – Friday, September 8th

  • RAF Waddington – 4:00 p.m.
  • North East of North Scarle – 4:02 p.m.
  • North of Ashbourne – 4:08 p.m.
  • Vicinity of Buxton – 4:11 p.m.
  • East of Glossop – 4:13 p.m.
  • South of Marsden – 4:14 p.m.
  • East of Denshaw – 4:15 p.m.
  • Flypast Bolton
  • Flypast Rochdale – 4:16 p.m.
  • East of Burscough – 4:19 p.m.
  • North West of Rainford – 4:20 p.m.
  • Flypast Prescot – 4:21 p.m.
  • East of Liverpool Airport – 4:22 p.m.
  • West of Liverpool Airport – 4:23 p.m.
  • West of Formby – 4:25 p.m.
  • West over Irish Sea – 4:27 p.m.
  • Blackpool Airport – 4:29 p.m.

However, please note that flight timings and routes are subject to change based on weather conditions and other operational factors, so it’s always wise to stay tuned for updates.

A Short History of the Red Arrows

The Red Arrows, formed in 1965, have become a symbol of British aviation excellence and precision.

Known for their red, white, and blue smoke trails, these elite pilots not only entertain but also serve as ambassadors for the Royal Air Force and the UK around the world.

Their dazzling displays, filled with intricate maneuvers and formations, showcase the incredible skills and teamwork of the pilots who undergo rigorous training to become part of this prestigious team.

They not only bring joy to spectators but also demonstrate the incredible capabilities of the aircraft they fly.

In addition to their airshow performances, the Red Arrows have been involved in numerous flypasts at major events, royal ceremonies, and international airshows, solidifying their status as aviation legends.

So, mark your calendars and ready your cameras, as the Red Arrows prepare to paint the skies of Greater Manchester with their trademark elegance and precision. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness aviation history in action!

You can find out where the red arrows will be by clicking here.

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