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Red Arrows to visit Singapore

The Red Arrows, the dynamic aerobatic team of the Royal Air Force (RAF) will be in Singapore on 18 October 2016.

Royal Air Force the Red Arrows

Royal Air Force the Red Arrows


The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team or Red Arrows successfully arrived in Subang, Malaysia on Sunday, 16 October 2016; this was after the severe weather system affecting the South East Asian region eased.

The British High Commission would like to inform you that the Red Arrows are now due to be in Singapore on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

Members of the public wishing to view the Red Arrows’ Flypast can do so from around 1.10pm to 1.30pm in the vicinity of Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay. The Red Arrows will perform a flypast and an aerial orbit over the sea.

Please note that inclement weather may still affect things. As such, we would like to advise members of the public to follow the #RedArrowsinSG hashtag on social media and check for updates on our Facebook Page or Twitter before heading out.


The British High Commission, Singapore today announced that the Red Arrows, the dynamic aerobatic team of the Royal Air Force, will be in Singapore on 15 October 2016. The visit to Singapore is part of the team’s visit to the Middle East and Asia, including countries like China, India and Malaysia.

During the visit the members of the Red Arrows team will take part in programmes that will promote the United Kingdom’s long standing relations in Singapore aimed at increasing trade and investment as well as to be part of Rolls-Royce’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Event at the company’s Seletar Campus.

Flying in from Malaysia, the Red Arrows will be in Singapore on Saturday, 15 October 2016 and conduct a flypast from around 12.30pm to about 1.00pm. Included in the flypast will be their Diamond 9 Formation as well as an aerial orbit over the sea.

The Red Arrows’ flypasts are expected over the vicinity of Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay and Sentosa, including the streaming of white smoke.

After the flypast, the Red Arrows’ Hawk jets will be based at the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s Paya Lebar Airbase.

In announcing the visit in July 2016, the UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

Our RAF Red Arrows and Typhoons represent the best of British. The Red Arrows will fly the flag for Britain in key export markets.

High Commissioner Scott Wightman said:

We are excited by the visit of the Red Arrows and their participation in a number of activities in Singapore that will deepen the strong ties between Singapore and the UK. Their visit, alongside that of eight RAF Typhoon fighter aircraft and two C130 transporters to the Bersama Lima exercise, underscores our commitment to the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) and the UK’s capability to exercise with our allies around the world”.

The participation of the Red Arrows at Rolls-Royce’s STEM event will help drive home the message to young Singaporeans that knowledge and understanding in these crucial subjects have real life applications. We hope that students will feel inspired to explore their interest in digital, innovation, aerospace technology and the creative sciences; areas in which the UK is a world leader.

We look forward to a wonderful and exciting visit and we hope that as many Singaporeans as possible go out to see the Red Arrows’ flypast over this beautiful city.

Squadron Leader David Montenegro, Team Leader of the Red Arrows and who leads the nine-jet formation as Red 1, said:

The Red Arrows are thrilled to be able to perform in such a vibrant location as Singapore and are grateful for the support provided by the authorities and Republic of Singapore Air Force to make it possible.

The flypast will be an exciting and tangible demonstration of the UK’s long-standing relationship with Singapore and – together with the associated ground activities during our visit – showcase engineering and aerospace excellence, hopefully inspiring young people to study important, related subjects.

Published 4 October 2016