Red Arrows to head to Lee-on-the Solent for Daedalus' D-Day 80 event featuring a Battle of Britain flypast

The Red Arrows are set to head to the South Coast more than once this summer to take part in the area's big D-Day 80 commemorative events.
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The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team has announced its list of events confirmed so far for 2024 to celebrate their 60th season with a flypast in Portsmouth also pencilled in. However it has now also been confirmed that they will take part in the Daedalus D-Day 80 event as well at the Lee-on-the-Solent airfield.

The Red Arrows pictures at a display at Airbourne in Eastbourne - just along the South Coast in East SussexThe Red Arrows pictures at a display at Airbourne in Eastbourne - just along the South Coast in East Sussex
The Red Arrows pictures at a display at Airbourne in Eastbourne - just along the South Coast in East Sussex

This will take place on the afternoon of June 8 at the historic former World War Two airfield HMS Daedalus. In addition a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Official) Lancaster flypast will also take place at the Daedalus event on June 9, meaning our skies will be filled with spectacular aircraft to commemorate the significant anniversary of the event which was the turning point of the second world war.

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News of the flyovers come as the city awaits more details of the Red Arrow's appearance in Portsmouth this summer. As previously reported by The News, a flypast is on the cards at the D-Day National Commemorative event taking place in Portsmouth on June 5. Details for the day are still under wraps, but it is widely expected to feature a public commemorative event on Southsea Common.

Confirmation of the Red Arrows' fly past is expected to be one of the day's key moments, as the city and surrounding area remembers its vital role in the planning and preparations for the D-Day landings which was to be the turning point of the Second World War.

However these two dates may not be the only time this year the Red Arrows could be spotted over Hampshire. On June 15 the team is expected to take part in a fly past for the King's birthday in London which can include a route over our county.

The Red Arrows will also almost certainly fly over the south of the county as part of their popular display at the Festival of Speed at Goodwood near Chichester on July 11 and 12. They will also take part in a flypast at the Farnborough Airshow on July 27.

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This year marks the team's 60th anniversary which they launched with a special display above the skies of RAF Waddington, bringing together teammates old and new For more details about the Red Arrows watch a 12 minute feature film going behind-the-scenes with the Red Arrows filmed for our sister TV channel Shots! which is available here.

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