The Red Arrows will join forces with a specially
decorated British Airways Boeing 747 at the Royal International Air
Tattoo on Saturday, 20 July 2019.
The special Boeing 747 has
been painted in the airline’s predecessor British Overseas Airways
Corporation (BOAC) livery to mark British Airways’ centenary this
Senior First Officer Tom Perrins will be at the
controls, while Captain Richard Allen-Williams will be in command
of the aircraft and they will be joined on the flight deck by
Captain Simon Scholey and Captain Jonny Lutton.
aircraft is set to depart Heathrow at 11:10 then meet the reds
above RAF Norton, before they head to the air show over for the
fly-past at 12:15.
The pilots have been preparing for the
joint fly-past and took to the simulators to finalise their route
Team Leader, Martin
Pert, who is Red 1, said: “Given the weight of the aircraft it’s a
completely different beast to the hawk so I think we’d need some
extra training should we be joining British Airways. We didn’t
make a complete mess of the landings, but I don’t think the
customers would be too happy. Flying alongside British Airways at
RIAT is going to be a hugely pivotal moment for the Red Arrows.
It’s two best of British icons, collaborating together at the
biggest air show in the UK.”
The airline has a long history
of displaying in the Air Tattoo and first joined the flying
programme in 1985 when Concorde and the Red Arrows flew together
in a dramatic display. In the early 2000s several British Airways
747s and 777s performed a fly-past, and in 2013, the airline
performed with the Red Arrows once again, to the delight of the
large Air Tattoo crowd.