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Red Arrows grounded by low cloud cover for RAF Lossiemouth friends and family event

By Gavin Musgrove

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Cloud cover prevented the Red Arrows performing at the RAF Lossiemouth friends and family afternoon.

The famed display team held on as long as possible for conditions to improve but simply ran out of time to safely take part in the event at the Moray base.

An RAF Typhoon was able to enterain specatators at the show.
An RAF Typhoon was able to enterain specatators at the show.

It was a real blow to large crowds which had gathered around the base and along the west beach looking to catch a glimpse of the team.

A typhoon was able to perform a fast speed solo display later in the afternoon.

The Red Arrows had flown into RAF Lossiemouth earlier in the day in a formation flight.

Flanked by the distinctive Hawk jets of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Poseidon MRA1 (P-8A) carried out a flypast.

Unfortunately, low level cloud meant the Red Arrows were unable to perform later for the crowds but Flt Lt James Sainty, Typhoon display pilot, took to the skies to show off the capabilities and agility of this impressive aircraft.

Not to be beaten by the fast jet team, CXX Squadron flying in ZP804 “The Spirit of Reykjavik” made their presence known with a series of low passes across the airfield.

The Drive-in Air Display replaces the usual annual Friends and Family Day and provided all who work on this busy military base with an opportunity to relax with their families whilst adhering to the Scottish Government’s Covid regulations on outdoor events.

Group Captain Chris Layden, Station Commander at RAF Lossiemouth said: “I am delighted to be able to bring my team together to say thank you after a busy and demanding period.

"The role RAF Lossiemouth plays in securing and improving our national security and protecting our people and territories at home and overseas, would simply not be possible without the unstinting support of our families and I am deeply grateful to them.”

The event was subject to strict Covid-19 restrictions with those attending forming their own secure bubble by their cars on the airfield and attendance heavily restricted to comply with limits on numbers present.

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