The Red Arrows wow onlookers during Yorkshire training flight

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media captionRAF Red Arrows display team filmed overhead a school in York

The Red Arrows aerobatic display team has surprised onlookers by carrying out a training flight over Yorkshire and the Humber.

The Lincolnshire-based team flew over the Humber Bridge at about 09:30 BST and was also spotted over Doncaster, Sheffield and York.

A 10-jet training route took place ahead of the team's annual trip to Greece and Cyprus for exercises.

The team landed back at RAF Scampton at 10:00 BST after the hour-long flight.

image source, SAC Hannah Beevers
image captionThe Red Arrows team photographer captured the scene above York during the training flight
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image captionThe team took off at RAF Scampton before flying over the Humber Bridge
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image captionDoncaster Sheffield Airport was also on the route
image source, SAC Hannah Beevers
image captionHumberside Airport, as seen from the cockpit of a Red Arrow
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image captionThe aerobatic display team flew over the Humber Bridge at about 09:30 BST
image source, David King
image captionThe 10-jet exercise flew in formation over York Minster
image source, Martyn Foss
image captionThe Red Arrows team was training ahead of its annual move to Greece and Cyprus
image source, Natalie Hooton
image captionThe team was originally founded in 1965
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image captionLinton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire, was also visited by the Red Arrows

In 2016, the display team took part in a 60-day world tour, which included its first display in China, aiming to promote "the best of British".

The tour, which took in 12 countries, also featured a flypast in Jordan, displays in India and a flight over the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix.

History of the Red Arrows

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  • The RAF had several display teams in the 1950s and 1960s, but decided to form a single, full-time professional team
  • The name Red Arrows was chosen to combine the appeal and expertise of two earlier teams, the Black Arrows and the Red Pelicans
  • The team was founded in 1965 at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire and is currently based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire

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