A Hawk T1 aircraft experienced difficulties mid-flight after hitting a bird.
The aircraft had been flying at 2,300ft over the East Midlands when the bird strike happened at 08:40 on Wednesday.
The incident triggered a Red Arrow emergency alert – 7700 – which is a special code used to tell air traffic control facilities in the area that there is an emergency situation.
The Royal Air Force confirmed the plane had to be rescued following the incident but the pilot was unharmed.
A spokesperson said: "A Red Arrows Hawk T1 aircraft had a very minor bird strike... resulting in a precautionary recovery to RAF Waddington.
"The aircraft landed safely and the pilot is fine."
Last month, Sqn Ldr Ogston was presented with the RAF's top safety award, a Green Endorsement, after he safely managed to land his aircraft after a bird strike smashed his cockpit canopy during the Rhyl Air Show.