UPDATE: See photos of the Red Arrows over Coal Harbour in Vancouver here.
The British aerobatic team the Red Arrows have arrived in Vancouver with a noon-hour landing at Vancouver International Airport, kicking off their first-ever visit to Canada’s West Coast. It is their final Canadian destination on a marathon tour designed to spread goodwill and reinforce trans-Atlantic ties.
The famed team is nearing the end of its largest-ever North American tour which has spanned the continent since its first stop in Halifax in mid-August.
Festivities celebrating ties between Canada and Britain will take place all day September 26 at Jack Poole Plaza on Vancouver’s waterfront, including a Sopwith Camel and the chance to wear VR headsets to take a ride in a Red Arrow jet. It all culminates with a fly past at 5 p.m. along the Harbour. The team will also perform a fly past before the British Columbia legislature in Victoria at 4:40.
“It has been incredible to have the Red Arrows with us in Canada, from launching their North American tour in Halifax to fantastic displays in both Ottawa and Toronto,” said British High Commissioner Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque in a statement. “I am now delightedto welcome them back to Canada for their flypasts over Victoria and Vancouver.”
The Royal Air Force team arrived in Vancouver September 24 with an evening documentary screening at the Telus World of Science followed by a question and answer session with pilots and support workers. Two days later, the public will be invited to see the Red Arrows in all their glory.
Red Arrow pilots and crew will also visit a local children’s hospice and speak with students from several local universities and high schools about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math to what they do.
“A key aim of the tour is to inspire people through safe, dynamic and visually-exciting shows,” said Red Arrow commander Andrew Keith. “However, we have also planned dozens of ground events, where we hope to meet countless individuals and showcase the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths – the STEM subjects – in our work.”
By the time their tour concludes, the Red Arrows will have visited 20 North American cities, including Halifax, Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver.