The world-famous Red Arrows put on an impromptu display for residents of Chester as they used Hawarden Airport as a base over the weekend.
The nine BAE Hawk trainers were spotted flying over the city during blue sky conditions on Saturday as they made their way to and from the Llandudno Air Show. And the Red Arrows were back in action on Bank Holiday Monday when they performed a fly-over in Liverpool.
Record crowds turned up to watch the Llandudno Air Show, with thousands of people lining the promenade in the seaside town.
The annual air show, which celebrates the work of Blind Veterans UK, took place at Llandudno’s North Shore and saw displays from a range of aircraft including Old Buckers, Avro Ansons, Strikemasters, Catalinas, Spitfires, Hurricanes, Meteors, Mustangs plus the legendary Red Arrows. Many of the veteran aircraft also used Hawarden as a base over the weekend.
On Monday, the Red Arrows roared across the Liverpool skyline to mark the visit by Cunard’s Three Queens cruise liners. In a perfect arrowhead formation, the jets trailed red, white and blue smoke behind them as they crossed over the river and the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. Their appearance was greeted with huge cheers from the delighted crowds on board each ship and on either bank of the river.
The display team then streaked away over Liverpool city centre to Blackpool to perform another air display.
Onlookers took to social networking sites Facebook and Twitter as the planes passed overhead in Chester.
Resident Andrew Holmes tweeted: ‘Flew over Westminster Park this morning too. Shame my camera wasn’t handy :(’
Formed in 1964, the Red Arrows have completed more than 4,000 displays in 53 countries. They caused a stir on stopping to refuel at Hawarden in August 2011, prior to taking part in air shows at Rhyl and Blackpool. Tragically it was later that month that one of the aircraft crashed following a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival killing pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging. And in the November, Red Arrows pilot Flt Lt Sean Cunningham, was ejected from his aircraft while it was on the ground at RAF Scampton and subsequently died from his injuries.