Saturday flypast by UK's Red Arrows postponed


SINGAPORE - The flypast of the Red Arrows, the aerobatic team of Britain's Royal Air Force, has been postponed again.

The flypast, which was to happen on Saturday (Oct 15) at 12.30pm has been pushed back due to "ongoing inclement weather in the Southeast Asian region", said the British High Commission.

This is the second time the aerial display, which was originally planned for Thursday, has been postponed.

No new date has been given. The jets were set to fly over Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay and Sentosa.

The RAF Red Arrows are in U-Taphao, near Pattaya in Thailand, and were due to fly to Singapore, but the severe weather has made that impossible, said the High Commission.

This is mainly due to a very large amount of cumulonimbus clouds in the Gulf of Thailand.

"With the aircraft's limited fuel, the team's only option is to fly a straight line directly through that group of clouds," a statement from the High Commission said.

"The tops of the clouds are above 50,000ft with severe icing and severe turbulence, making the planned flight not an option."

Red Arrows pilots fly the BAe Systems Hawk T. Mark 1, which is being used by the RAF as an advanced fast jet trainer.

The British High Commission said it is working with the local authorities to plan another flypast when weather conditions are safe.