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Red Arrows to miss RAF Cosford Air Show

Red Arrows
The Red Arrows team is based in Lincolnshire

The Red Arrows will not be performing at RAF Cosford Air Show this summer after a member of the stunt team was involved in an accident last month.

The aerial display team pilot ejected from his aircraft in the accident over Kastelli, Crete, in March.

To allow time for a replacement pilot to be fully trained, the team's first display will now be on 16 June missing the air show in Shifnal on 13 June.

Organisers of the show said they were disappointed at the decision.

But they said the thousands of expected visitors would be able to see air displays which concentrated on the anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Wing Commander Nick Lea said: "The focus of this year's show will be the aircraft that fought in the Battle of Britain and their modern day counterparts.

He said it was "a great shame" that the Red Arrows would not be participating, but the aircraft lined up "will blow the crowds away".

The Red Arrows team was formed in 1965 and its pilots have completed more than 4,000 aerobatic displays in 53 countries.

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