Victorians may want to keep their eyes peeled to the skies as one of the most spectacular air shows in the world is all set to flypast the capital next week.
Great Britain’s Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, are currently on tour in North America, and one of their September flyby shows will happen right here in Victoria.
The crew will be visiting the island city on September 26th for one of their final flypast shows in Canada.
They will fly past Victoria’s historic inner harbour and the British Columbia Parliament Buildings at approximately 4:40 p.m., before making their way to Vancouver.
Victoria is one of four Canadian cities that will have the unique opportunity to see the Red Arrows take flight during the team’s 11-week deployment across North America.
“Throughout the Red Arrows’ North American tour, the response of everyone in Canada to our displays, flypasts and ground events has been overwhelming. This has positively demonstrated the close bonds between the UK and Canada across industry, defence and culturally,” said Wing Commander Andrew Keith, Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.
“It will be brilliant to conclude our time in Canada by performing flypasts in Victoria and Vancouver and, once again, have the privilege and opportunity to meet so many people of all ages and backgrounds during our stay.”
While the crew will not be touching down in Victoria, a number of ground events have been planned in Vancouver to commemorate their visit, including iconic Vancouver landmarks like Science World at TELUS World of Science and BC Place being illuminated in red white and blue.
This is the first time the Red Arrows have visited North America since 2008.
RAF Red Arrows’ flyby show in Victoria
- When: Approximately 4:40 p.m., Thursday, September 26th.
- Where: Above Victoria Inner Harbour and the British Columbia Parliament Buildings