UPDATE: Smile if you're in the Red Arrows - team flies into Bournemouth Airport

The Red Arrows stop for a selfie taken by Flight Lieutenant Martin Pert

Picture: Jon Beal

Picture: Corin Messer

Picture: Corin Messer

UPDATE: Smile if you're in the Red Arrows - team fly into Bournemouth Airport

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THE Red Arrows have flown into Bournemouth Airport this afternoon ahead of their display at Cowes Week tonight.

It is understood that Red Two suffered a bird strike upon landing and repairs are being made to the aircraft.

The team took part in a flypast in Lincolnshire earlier today along with the Canadian Lancaster, which will also be appearing at this year's Bournemouth Air Festival

Red 3, Joe Hourston said they were delighted with the crowd.

"Bournemouth is one of the best places we come to. We can't wait for air show. 

"There is such a good reception here. It's my first year so the welcome is lovely.

"We've got our fingers crossed the weather will be good for the air show at the end of August."

The world-famous aerobatic display team were due to land at the airport at around 2pm but the pilot of Red8 tweeted they were running 50 minutes behind schedule.

That didn't deter the dozens of people waiting for them at the airport.

And the pilots took time to sign maps and other memorabilia, with Red 8, Flight Lieutenant Martin Pert, even taking a cheeky selfie for the Daily Echo.

Simon Downey, who was waiting to catch sight of the Reds with son Oliver, 10, friend Simon Blissett and his son, Spencer, 9, said they always made the effort to turn out for the team.

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"They're just great. They've always got time for people and happy to sign things", he said.

Spencer said he had been to see the Reds "about 30 times".

They will then fly to the Isle of Wight to start their display at 7.30pm.

The Red Arrows have been frequent visitors to Dorset in the last couple of months, using the airport as their base on several occasions.

In just three weeks, they will be thrilling tens of thousands of people when they perform on all four days of the Bournemouth Air Festival.

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12:29pm Fri 8 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Ellwood won't be happy, disturbing his peace and quiet on the beach
Ellwood won't be happy, disturbing his peace and quiet on the beach bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 2

3:00pm Fri 8 Aug 14

gshustings1 says...

Hi ya they were late due to meeting up with the Canadian Lancaster at RAF Coningsby witch was late arriving
Hi ya they were late due to meeting up with the Canadian Lancaster at RAF Coningsby witch was late arriving gshustings1
  • Score: 6

4:10pm Fri 8 Aug 14

BarrHumbug says...

Did Red 8 tweet that en route? I wonder what mobile reception is like at 300mph? Hahaha
Did Red 8 tweet that en route? I wonder what mobile reception is like at 300mph? Hahaha BarrHumbug
  • Score: 1

4:12pm Fri 8 Aug 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Red8 tweeted does this mean his hands weren't at the controls , talk about fly with confidence
Red8 tweeted does this mean his hands weren't at the controls , talk about fly with confidence cheeriedriteup
  • Score: -6

4:25pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Townee says...

Caged up fans.
Caged up fans. Townee
  • Score: 3

5:15pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Simonblissett says...

Once again the Reds showed their great public relations skills, it was great to see one of the pilots step out for a photo with my so who was waiting patiently outside after arriving at Bournemouth, If the echo want to use the photo please let me know as Spencer is included within the article above
Once again the Reds showed their great public relations skills, it was great to see one of the pilots step out for a photo with my so who was waiting patiently outside after arriving at Bournemouth, If the echo want to use the photo please let me know as Spencer is included within the article above Simonblissett
  • Score: 4

5:21pm Fri 8 Aug 14

alasdair1967 says...

Sadly looking out of my window as I write ,possibly a no fly tonight
Sadly looking out of my window as I write ,possibly a no fly tonight alasdair1967
  • Score: 5

6:10pm Fri 8 Aug 14

swimpy says...

what next A ryan air flight landing from corfu will be news worthy why do we have to get a report of when the red arrows land at hurn. Lincolnshire echo reporting everytime a red arrow sorties
what next A ryan air flight landing from corfu will be news worthy why do we have to get a report of when the red arrows land at hurn. Lincolnshire echo reporting everytime a red arrow sorties swimpy
  • Score: -32

6:55pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Secada83 says...

swimpy wrote:
what next A ryan air flight landing from corfu will be news worthy why do we have to get a report of when the red arrows land at hurn. Lincolnshire echo reporting everytime a red arrow sorties
Don't be so stupid! They are something as a country we should be proud of the pilots are all war veterans who fought for you and now perform for you! Good guys cool jets
[quote][p][bold]swimpy[/bold] wrote: what next A ryan air flight landing from corfu will be news worthy why do we have to get a report of when the red arrows land at hurn. Lincolnshire echo reporting everytime a red arrow sorties[/p][/quote]Don't be so stupid! They are something as a country we should be proud of the pilots are all war veterans who fought for you and now perform for you! Good guys cool jets Secada83
  • Score: 27

11:47pm Fri 8 Aug 14

rebelred says...

Must admit reading about the Red Arrows makes me proud to be English
Must admit reading about the Red Arrows makes me proud to be English rebelred
  • Score: 6

2:13am Sat 9 Aug 14

billd766 says...

One thing that never seems to get a mention is that they would not display without the dedicated support of their ground crew, both the touring part and the guys remaining back at their base. They need a mention as well.
One thing that never seems to get a mention is that they would not display without the dedicated support of their ground crew, both the touring part and the guys remaining back at their base. They need a mention as well. billd766
  • Score: 9

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