Bird strike severely damages Red Arrows canopy during airshow display

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A Red Arrows show came to an abrupt end after a bird strike smashed a Hawk T1 canopy during a flight display at the Rhyl Airshow in North Wales on August 28, 2022. 

The British aerobatics team was performing at the airshow, when the Red 6 aircraft suffered a bird strike forcing the pilot to declare an in-flight emergency and land at Hawarden Airport.  

Red 6 pilot Gregor Ogston landed safely but was “a bit shaken”, David Montenegro, the officer commanding the Royal Air Force aerobatic team, wrote on Twitter. 

Shortly after the incident, photographs appeared on social media, revealing the damaged canopy. 

The team released a statement on Twitter, highlighting that bird strikes are not uncommon in aviation and “are extremely well trained for”. 

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