Thousands turned out to see stunning aerial acrobatics at the RAF Cosford Air Show at the weekend.
Flying for the first time in the UK in 2010, the world-famous display team took to the skies delighted families and plane enthusiasts with their routine. The display also marked the first appearance of Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore, the first woman member in the team’s 45-year history.
In March, two Red Arrows collided in Crete, leaving a pilot injured. The team has completed a revised training schedule and has now been given the public display authority required to enable them to perform.
Also on display in Shropshire were teams from the Dutch and Belgian RAF and a special appearance by the iconic Spitfire marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
And despite the gloomy conditions and occasional showers, visitors to the show said the displays had left them amazed.
Andrew Jaynes, 37, went with wife Emily, 34, and daughters Tilly, two, and Sophie, five.
“We’ve all really enjoyed it,” he said. “The Red Arrows were amazing. I’ve seen them before but they’re always great to see.
“The girls had never seen them before and Sophie loved it, she kept closing her eyes because she thought they would crash.
“It was good to see the Spitfire, too. I used to make models of them when I was a boy so to see one flying in real life is great.”
Plane enthusiast Trevor Greenwood, 59, from West Bromwich, said: “I come every year but the display this year has been excellent.
"The Spitfire and Typhoons were amazing to see and I thought the Red Arrows were good too although I prefer the older planes.”
As well as displays in the air, the hangars at RAF Cosford were brimming with exhibits of planes, helicopters and other equipment and live displays by cadets and soldiers.