I was delighted to be able to wish the Red Arrows the very best as they embark on their tour of North America.
At The Royal International Air Tattoo 2019 I was honoured to give a speech and meet the crew before they set off.
This will be the Red Arrows' first visit to the US in more than 10 years and is one of the most ambitious overseas tours in the team's 55-season history.
They have performed nearly 5,000 displays in 57 countries, but even by their incredible standard this will be another level as they travel coast-to-coast visiting more than 25 cities.
With nine major Air Shows, flypasts of places such as Vancouver and stops at landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, the American continent is in for a treat.
It will showcase the capability and global reach of the Royal Air Force and highlight the strengths of the UK defence industry.