Wednesday 10.30am UPDATE: The Red Arrows aeronautical display team are now due to arrive into Stornoway at approximately 5.25pm, and not this morning as earlier indicated.
The Red Arrows display team are set for an unexpected visit to Stornoway airport tomorrow morning (Wednesday October 16th).
The Hawk T1 jets from the RAF aerobatic team and an Atlas transporter support plane are en route back to their home base at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire after touring the USA and Canada.
The re-fuelling stop at Stornoway has just been requested and, with forecasts looking good, is highly likely to go ahead between 11.30 and 12.30am tomorrow.
The Red Arrows’ 11-week tour of the USA and Canada has seen them stage more than 20 displays and 98 ground engagements across the continent, with a team of 108 pilots, engineers and ground support staff.
They completed displays and flypasts at events including the Chicago air and water show and Thunder over the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, as well as at the New York, Toronto and Spirit of St Louis airshows.
The Red Arrows were last in Stornoway for an official display marking Stornoway Port Authority’s 150th anniversary in 2015.
Tomorrow the jets are expected to land in formation at the Gaydon Hangar at Stornoway airport.
Pictures show some of the jets at Stornoway airport during their 2015 visit and the Atlas Transporter plane (RAF).