Red Arrows Limited Training Session
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Coronavirus: Red Arrows Return To The Skies For 'Essential Training'

The RAF described the training as "limited" and said social distancing measures were observed.

Red Arrows Limited Training Session

The Red Arrows have returned to the skies for the first time in more than three weeks after coronavirus put a stop to training. 

The RAF said the Red Arrows took part in "essential training" at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire on Wednesday.

The aircraft also flew near Doncaster, Humberside, Leeds/Bradford and Manchester airports.

In a statement, the RAF said the activity was "limited" and involved "single aircraft flights".

The training followed public health guidelines surrounding COVID-19 and social-distancing measures were put in place, according to the RAF. 

"The personnel footprint in working areas and the hangar has been kept to a minimum, while maintaining safety standards," the statement added.

For safety reasons, the Red Arrows' pilots are required to fly at least every 31 days.

When safe to do so, the RAF said the Red Arrows will transition from essential flying sessions to more developed training activities.

Last month, the team's annual overseas training was cancelled over the coronavirus pandemic. 

Cover image: Red Arrows return to training (Picture: Red Arrows).