Air Show fans in Nova Scotia are having an exciting 2019 with the announcement that the Royal Air Force Red Arrows from the United Kingdom (UK) will be visiting Halifax in August!
Final preparations are being made and details have been released regarding the Royal Air Force Red Arrows #RedArrowsTour of North America. The big news is that Halifax is the first stop on their tour.
The world-renowned aerobatic demonstration team will be engaging with the public at several locations between August 8-11 (detailed below), and the visit will culminate in enhanced fly past over the Halifax Harbour on August 11.
RCAF aircraft are also scheduled to take part, they include, CH146 Griffons, CH148 Cyclones and CH149 Cormorant helicopters along with a CC130H Hercules and a CP140 Aurora. From the RAF, an A400M will pass along the waterfront followed by an enhanced flypast by the Red Arrows trailed by their signature red, white, and blue smoke.
The following partners all play a role in bringing this unique event to the Halifax waterfront:
Below is the list events where fans will be able to engage with the Red Arrows team:
Thursday, August 8 at 6 pm & 9 pm
Red Arrows: King of the Skies
Get a unique view into the fast-paced world of the Red Arrows. This documentary, part of a six-episode series, provides exceptional access to what happens in the air and on ground as the team's pilots, ground crew, engineers and support personnel prepare for a high profile season. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with Red Arrows pilots and engineers.
Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 11 (11 am - 5 pm)
Great British Weekend: celebrate aviation with the Red Arrows
Join us for a series of events at the UK's pop-up pavilion on the waterfront as we celebrate the fantastic world of aviation. From past to present, get an up-close look at an iconic Spitfire provided by Air Show Atlantic and then put on a VR headset and take a ride in the cockpit during a Red Arrows flypast.
The Discovery Centre will also be on-location to explain the science behind flight with interactive demonstrations for all ages. And don't forget to grab a souvenir photo at the Red Arrows photo booth!
Of course, we also need to have some food and music! Our friends at Pete's Frootique will be sampling fantastic British nibbles and we are happy to present a special performance by the Welsh Tornado Gareth Pearson.
Location: Summit Plaza (next to The Wave)
Sunday, August 11 at 2 pm
Red Arrows Over Halifax
The main event of the Red Arrows visit to Halifax. This unique celebration of the UK and Canada's longstanding defence partnership will include a special series of flypasts by aircraft from both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force.
RCAF aircraft scheduled to take part include, CH146 Griffon, CH148 Cyclone and CH149 Cormorant helicopters along with a CC130H Hercules and a CP140 Aurora. From the RAF, an A400M will pass along the waterfront followed by an enhanced flypast by the Red Arrows trailed by their signature red, white, and blue smoke.
There will be announcing during the flypast which will be broadcast on speakers along the Halifax waterfront.
Location: Halifax and Dartmouth Waterfronts
If you are not within range of the speakers, the announcing will be simulcast by Seaside FM on 105.9 MHz. We are also happy to announce that the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission and Advanced Systems Audio Visual will be broadcasting the simulcast at Ferry Terminal Park in Downtown Dartmouth.