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Red Arrow jet spotted travelling through the Midlands

By Annabal Bagdi | Cannock | News | Published:

They're usually spotted soaring across the skies, entertaining onlookers with their world famous aerial displays.

The jet was spotted on the M6 northbound

But one Red Arrow jet took a different journey across the Black Country, surprising unsuspecting motorists during their Wednesday trips.

The distinctive Hawk jet, which is flown by pilots from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, was spotted being tugged by a lorry along the M6 northbound.

Sedgley resident Jon Round was on his way to his Cannock workplace when he was left stunned after seeing the jet in the left-hand lane at about 11.15am.

The 45-year-old commercial director, who was approaching junction 11 at the time, said: "I have been to see them a few times before at air shows but not for a few years.

"It's not that often you drive to work and overtake a Red Arrow."

Mr Round, of financial services company Loan Packager, said he decided to bypass his usual exit from the motorway and instead continued travelling along the M6 to keep watch.

He said he spotted the truck carrying the jet trail off under a bridge before he carried on with his journey to work.

Mr Round added: "It was an unusual sight. I think the Red Arrows symbolise what is best about Britain.

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"I spend so much time driving up and down the country, sat in traffic around places like West Bromwich. It's nice to see something a bit different."

The sighting comes after a troupe of 11 RAF planes was captured flying in formation over Slindon, near Eccleshall on Monday.

Pilots also amazed crowds at Dunsfold in Surrey and Rhyl in Denbighshire, as well as at Shropshire's Salop Steam Rally over the weekend.

They treated onlookers to the only full display in the West Midlands at this year's Cosford Air Show, and are expected to make their return to the county at next summer's event.

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The air show, set to take place on June 10, will mark the region's RAF100 celebration and celebrate the service's centenary.

The Red Arrows, which has been soaring through the skies with their daredevil stunts since 1965, is formed of more than 120 pilots, engineers and support staff.

Based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, the team had flown 4,800 displays in 57 countries by the end of 2016.

This year marks the team's 53rd season, with 60 performances scheduled across the UK throughout the summer.

Annabal Bagdi

By Annabal Bagdi
@AnnabalB_Star

Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

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