BLACKPOOL Air Show fans took up vantage points around St Annes, on Sunday unaware of the unfolding drama.
A mayday call was made as one of the famous Red Arrows was forced to make an emergency landing.
An eyewitness said: “The landing was smooth but the pilot was looking a bit ashen-faced when he got out.”
The Red Arrows have confirmed the a collision with a bird forced the landing. Just eight Arrows took part in the display as both the reserve plane and another was out of action.
Sue Kendrick, spokesperson for Blackpool Airport , said: “Emergency services were put on standby, but thankfully all was well and the aircraft landed safely.”