RAF Red Arrows to return to the Folkestone Air Display with a 5pm acrobatic performance


Timings for this year’s Folkestone airshow have been revealed – and the Red Arrows will round off the days spectacular entertainment at 5pm.

The iconic aerial acrobatics team will perform for thousands of spectators at the end of a day packed with exciting displays, including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which will open the show shortly after midday on Sunday, August 21.

Red Arrows display team in action over Folkestone last summer. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Speaking when their appearance was announced earlier this year, Squadron Leader Tom Bould said: “We are excited to be returning to Folkestone and to perform to a large crowd, including many families, drawn from across Kent, the south-east and further afield.

“Pre-season training is well underway, perfecting a new aerobatic display that aims to inspire people, demonstrates the excellence of the Royal Air Force and represents the United Kingdom.

“The 2022 show features all of the great elements people watching expect and enjoy from the Red Arrows – namely dynamic flying, world-class precision and, above-all, teamwork.”

There are three types of display the team leader can choose to fly: full, rolling or flat.

To carry out a full looping display the base of the cloud must be above 5,500ft to avoid the aircraft entering the cloud at the top of the loop.

Thousands are expected to see the Red Arrows in Folkestone later this month.  Picture: Barry Goodwin
Thousands are expected to see the Red Arrows in Folkestone later this month. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Folkestone Festivals is organizing food, arts and craft stalls, live music and a classic car show along The Leas on both the Saturday and Sunday – with the cliff-top promenade being one of the best vantage points for the show.

Council leader Cllr David Monk said: “The whole weekend will be a celebration of our district, hopefully in glorious sunshine.”

At 1pm there will be a flight by Royal Aircraft Factory SE5 and at 2.25pm ​​a display of Chinook helicopters.

Large crowds are expected to flock to the town for the event, and organizers are urging people to come by public transport as the roads will be busy and parking limited.

For those who drive, temporary car parks at Radnor Park and Folkestone School for Girls will be available between 10am and 6.30pm and will cost £5 to park, payable in cash.

Stewards will be working throughout the day to keep disruption to local roads to a minimum. Several roads will be closed and there will be suspensions to some parking bays.

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