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VE DAY celebrations are taking place all over the UK today - are the famous Red Arrows are due to make an appearance?

PUBLISHED: 08:26, Fri, May 8, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:56, Fri, May 8, 2020

Britain celebrates VE Day today, May 8. VE Day - otherwise known as Victory in Europe Day - marks 75 years since German forces signed an official surrender, resulting in the end of Nazi occupation in Europe. Due to coronavirus, celebrations will look a little different today, as Brits prepare to enjoy the day at home.

What time is the Red Arrows flypast?

The Red Arrows flypast is at 3pm today, to coincide with when Winston Churchill’s victory speech is broadcast.

They will fly over Buckingham Palace, although the Queen is not currently in residence. 

The Red Arrows' breathtaking airborne stunts are a familiar sight in the summer skies over the UK.


Red ArrowsRed Arrows: The fly past will take place at 3pm (Image: GETTY)

Red ArrowsRed Arrows: The team have been grounded for much of the lockdown (Image: GETTY)

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But due to the current restrictions in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus many airshows and military events have been cancelled, or postponed.

The famous aerobatic team have been grounded for much of the lockdown, but were allowed to train in April. 

They flew a number of sorties from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, delighting those who live nearby.

A spokesman for the Red Arrows explained: "For safe flying proficiency, the team's pilots are required to fly - as an absolute minimum - every 31 days."

Red Arrows VE DAYRed Arrows: The team assembled in the 1960s (Image: GETTY)

The RAF had several aerobatic display teams in the 1950s and 1960s, but decided to disband them and 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 Pelican.

The team was founded in 1965 at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire and is

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