Wake up sleepy heads, as the RED ARROWS are flying over London on Friday (8th May) morning for VE Day. According to an air traffic alert that’s just been posted, there will be a flypast over London just after 10am.

They will head in from East London, via Basildon, head over East Ham, then Westminster, heading out of London via Egham and Bracknell.

From previous experience, smokes will start around Shoreditch area, but the sight, and sound of the Red Arrows is something quite amazing even without smokes, so if you are up and out tomorrow morning and near the route, look out for the flypast.

Naturally, lock-down advice, don’t travel to see them, but their famous smokes will be visible from most of London if you can get a view of the skyline.

The full NOTAM alert reads (times are in GMT, so add an hour)


531828N 0003303W SCAMPTON AD        0837
531347N 0002443W E OF LINCOLN       0839
531150N 0002008E INGOLDMELLS        0843
531623N 0003325E OVERSEA            0845 
530615N 0004501E OVERSEA            0847 
530054N 0003156E OVERSEA            0849 
524521N 0004940E E OF TITTLESHALL   0852 
522553N 0005826E E OF THETFORD      0855 
521214N 0011510E W OF BRANDESTON    0858 
513427N 0002657E VCY OF BASILDON    0906 
513132N 0000310E EAST HAM           0909 
513015N 0000738W WESTMINSTER        0910 
512620N 0003353W EGHAM              0913
512531N 0003911W E OF BRACKNELL     0913 
515734N 0005129W NE OF WINSLOW      0918
521521N 0005726W VCY OF NORTHAMPTON 0922
530825N 0004608W COLLINGHAM         0930 
531828N 0003303W SCAMPTON AD        0933 

LOWER: Surface
UPPER: 3,000 Feet AMSL
FROM: 08 May 2020 08:30 GMT (09:30 BST)
TO: 08 May 2020 09:40 GMT (10:40 BST)

Update – I am aware that some news reports suggest the flypast is at 3pm, but this is an official air traffic alert, and it’s quite rare for them to wrong.

2nd update – The RAF Red Arrows twitter account just said “later this morning”, so it’s definitely a morning event.


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  1. Ian Cockayne says:

    I thought the flypast at Buckingham Palace was 15.00 (BST)

    • Linda fuller says:

      Red Arrows and just says central London. As Queen still not n Scotland for duration wouldn’t think anyone at palace.

  2. Lynsey Jordan says:

    What part of Basildon will red arrows fly over, Not sure where to look? Thankyou

  3. Rob Townsend says:

    I think there is now some confusion as to the time of the flypast. Will it be 10 am or 3 pm. The lines of commmunication have clearly broken down.

    • ianvisits says:

      The UK’s air traffic control expect it in the morning, and I am inclined to believe they know what they are doing.

  4. Kristina Harmsworth says:

    What time is the Spitfire? going over Bracknell…

  5. Anne Dyster says:

    Thank you so much for this info, I live in Melton Mowbray so may be lucky looking at the routing. Have you any news on the BBMF? I only communicate by email. Brought up during the war near RAF Northolt and have loved aircraft ever since. Anne.

  6. Toby says:

    It’s televised at 3pm but happens at 10am

    • Anne Dyster says:

      Fairly distant but saw and heard the Arrows at Melton Mowbray.


  7. For those still wondering about the timings, It was definitely 10:09 – I saw them go by 👍

  8. Alice Maddison says:

    Thank you for the info Ian, this was very much enjoyed by my friends and family in the Twickenham area!!

  9. John Drummond says:

    Thanks for the alert. We saw them fly over East London. We also notice a few commercial aircraft going in to Heathrow in last few days after weeks of nothing. Are they freight perhaps?

  10. B.liddell says:

    Why didn’t the red arrows fly over the Isle of Dogs? the Germans did it many times during the war!

    • Sheridan says:

      They did. It’d be difficult for them to get from East Ham to Westminster without going via the Isle of Dogs! Also, I saw them heading in that direction…

  11. Helen says:

    Hi do you know what route they flew back after Northampton as I was waiting in collingham and nothing at all very sad to have missed them x

  12. lutsy says:

    saw it over our flat and i am based in east london just after 10am it flew over it was verd loud 🙂

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