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Red Arrows End North American Tour With Great Pacific Airshow

Alongside the Red Arrows, Canada's Snowbirds and the US Air Force's Thunderbirds also put on displays.

The Red Arrows have marked the end of their tour of North America in front of three million people in Los Angeles.

The team spent the weekend at the Great Pacific Airshow on Huntingdon Beach for their final display.

The Red Arrows reached Los Angeles in style, trailing their red, white and blue smoke across Hollywood and along to Huntingdon Beach.

Their display at the Great Pacific Airshow was the last one after two months of flying across Canada and the United States.

The Great Pacific Airshow attracts 3,000,000 visitors every year.

As special guests at the show, the Red Arrows were asked to close the show.

"We are here at the end of the tour, and we have achieved everything we had set out to achieve plus more," said Squadron Leader Martin Pert.

"We just could not be set for a more perfect finish."

The tour set out to promote Britain, the opportunities for trade, its industry and tourism, as well as the special relationship between the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

With numerous shows during the tour, the Red Arrows have also had the chance to reach new audiences.

Many people the Reds met during their North American tour had never had the chance to see them in person before.

In San Diego, the Red Arrows had to fly without Flight Lieutenant Damo Green, who went home for the birth of his daughter.

Flt Lt Green was back in time for the final display of the Reds' tour in Los Angeles.

"I got back to the UK and made it with 30 minutes to spare for the baby's [arrival]," he said speaking about how he got to welcome his little baby girl.

"I want to come out and finish this," he said about re-joining the North American tour for its last display.

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Clear skies allowed the Reds to perform very complex displays in Los Angeles.

It was a bittersweet show, where clear skies allowed for a full looping display and the chance to show off their highest and most dramatic manoeuvres.

However, after the Great Pacific Airshow, three team members from the Red Arrows will leave.

"It is exciting, but there is that tinge of sadness that I am trying to suppress because this is my last display weekend," said Flight Lieutenant Dan Lowes.

"If I could have written it and asked for it, people would have laughed at it and told me to go away," he added, thinking back of the three seasons with the Read arrows.

"I am just so grateful it has happened."

Watch: The Red Arrows gave Forces News a tour around one of their aircraft during their visit to San Diego.

The Great Pacific Airshow has lots of military aviation on display, with historical planes, such as the P-51 Mustang.

The US Special Operations Command parachute team (SOCOM) Para-Commandos put on a parachute display.

The US Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II Demo Team demonstrated how they provide protection to troops on the ground.

The Red Arrows will stop in 11 other locations on their way back to RAF Scampton.