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Red Arrows cut short displays at Torbay Airshow

The iconic display team had to limit their acrobatics due to low cloud. Credit: Red Arrows

The Red Arrows have had to cut short some of their displays at the Torbay Air Show due to poor weather.

The iconic aerial display team arrived as planned on Sunday morning, 2 June, and made an initial flypast but made the call to cancel the rest of the performance because of low cloud.

Organisers announced the cancellation on social media.

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Squadron Leader Adam Collins, the supervisor of the Red Arrows and known as Red 10, made the announcement.

Unfortunately today we've had to curtail our display. The weather has not been as good as we hoped. We just managed to arrive, started the show and then Red One made the only decision he could which was to terminate the display early and take the jets back to Exeter.

The cloud base was just too low for us and we couldn't legally operate with the minimum we have in place, so it was the only safe and sensible decision to make.

It's very unfortunate but hopefully you'll be able to see us at another show later in the season.

– Sqn Ldr Adam Collins, Red 10

But thousands of visitors to the airshow on Saturday 1 June were treated to some impressive manoeuvres as the Red Arrows made their 2019 debut in Devon.

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The Red Arrows 'promote the best of Britain'. Credit: PA

Who are the Red Arrows?

The Red Arrows are the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team. They are the public face of the RAF and help with recruitment, act as ambassadors for the UK and promote the best of Britain.

All the display pilots have flown operationally, in frontline aircraft such as the Typhoon or Tornado before being selected for the team.

Based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, the Red Arrows have been wowing crowds with their trademark diamond nine formation and precision flying since 1965. 2019 is their 55th year.

The Red Arrows will also be starring at other airshows this season. Credit: ITV West Country

There will be more chances to see the Red Arrows in action this summer. The Torbay Airshow was the first of a series of appearances.