Red Arrows arrive in Finalnd for first airshow of the season display finnish flag 280820 CREDIT Red Arrows Twitter Corporal Adam Fletcher.jpg_.jpg
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Red Arrows In Finland For First Airshow Of The Season

The RAF display team have been unable to display for most of the year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Red Arrows arrive in Finalnd for first airshow of the season display finnish flag 280820 CREDIT Red Arrows Twitter Corporal Adam Fletcher.jpg_.jpg

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team are in Finland over the weekend for their first airshow of the season.

The Red Arrows are performing at the Kauhava Air Show, marking 40 years of the UK and Finland flying the Hawk.

"The Finnish have been flying the Hawk for 40 years and also so [have] the Red Arrows," Red 5, Flight Lieutenant David Simmonds, told Forces News.

"What better way to come and celebrate than to come and join the Finnish for their airshow for this year and do a display for them and fly the Finnish flag and the British flag together," he added.

The Red Arrows flew over via Denmark and arrived in Finland on Friday afternoon, creating the flag of the host country in their smoke formation as they approached.

The last time the team was in Finland was in 2017, marking its 100th anniversary.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team have been unable to display, but they have performed flypasts across the United Kingdom.

The Reds are expected to perform at 17:00 local time (15:00 BST) on Saturday and again on Sunday.

Audiences will be treated to a full routine including the Red Arrows' new crossbow move. 

They are also scheduled to perform at Duxford next month with social distancing measures for visitors in place.

Cover image: The Red Arrows arrived in Finland on Friday, creating a display of the Finnish flag (Picture: Red Arrows/Twitter/Corporal Adam Fletcher).