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RAF Hawk jets to resume flight

30 August 2011

The UK has cleared the Royal Air Force (RAF) Hawk T1 jets for flight after the fleet was grounded following an accident that killed a Red Arrows pilot.

A Royal Air Force spokesman said: "Having been assured of the airworthiness of the Hawk T1 fleet, the precautionary suspension of flying activity has been lifted and flying operations have been resumed.

"In preparation for the resumption of public displays the Red Arrows will begin flying eight ship formation display practices starting on 30 August," the spokesman added.

"Display flying by the Red Arrows team, in an eight ship formation, will recommence subject to a successful period of consolidation and approval to display."

The team is expected to train in an eight-aircraft formation with a view to resuming aerial displays later this year, according to the BBC.

The Red Arrows Hawks have undergone routine maintenance and are set to return to RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, UK.