The Red Arrows had a busy few days displaying at Armed Forces Day events around the country. I watched them at Ryde, Isle of Wight. This was their first full display on the island since June 2024. It’s good to see them returning to a full nine-ship formation, having been down on numbers in 2022 and 2023.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight had also been due to display but were grounded following a recent accident at RAF Coningsby.

Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day 2024 – my photos

Radio frequencies

There was no display controller at this event.


The display line approximately east-west, with the B-Axis east of the town and pier.