Red Arrows to perform first ever Pride flypast

The Red Arrows will fly over Pride in London for the first time at this year’s parade.

The Ministry of Defence said the decision is a show of support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and LGBT Armed Forces personnel.

The Red Arrows performing a flypast Credit: Reuters

The MOD says it wants to celebrate the work done in recent years to improve diversity and inclusion across defence. This year the Royal Navy was named one of UK’s top 10 LGBT-friendly employers, according to Stonewall, while the British Army also retained its place in Stonewall’s top 50 list.

The Red Arrows are honoured to feature as a part of this year’s Pride in London. The flypast will illustrate the team’s role representing both the United Kingdom and also the dedicated, skilled and talented people drawn from all backgrounds serving across our Armed Forces. Hopefully all those attending Pride in London will be inspired by the flypast and enjoy the occasion

– Royal Air Force Squadron Leader, David Montenegro

The Arrows will perform a traditional red, white and blue flypast above the Pride parade, which takes place on June 25th. Around 200 armed forces personnel are also expected to march in the parade.