When you’re at the scene of a spectacle, it’s natural to try to grab the best possible viewpoint.
And so, as the Red Arrows display team prepared for take-off at the Biggin Hill Airshow, scores of enthusiasts gathered behind a runway fence to watch the RAF Hawk jets soar into the sky.
Unfortunately for them, the occasion proved rather more colourful than they had anticipated.
Blowout: A routine pre-flight test of the Red Arrows smoke generators left fans covered in dye
As the engines of the nine jets roared into life, the pilots tested their smoke pods which create the Arrows’ trademark blue and red vapour trails in the sky.
The smoke billowed out of the aircraft... and over the spectators standing just 50 yards away.
Dozens had clothing stained by the smoke and one elderly fan was left with a blue tinge to his grey hair.
Red mist: Fans outside the fence are engulfed by a cloud of coloured diesel smoke
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