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Red Arrows perform VE Day 75th anniversary flypast

A flypast of red, white and blue was carried out by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team to mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe.

The Red Arrows performed the aerial tribute over central London shortly after 1000 this morning.

Nine of the team’s distinctive fast-jets trailed their signature colours over the capital for the VE Day anniversary.

The Red Arrows over London to mark VE Day 75. Image by SAC Hannah Smoker.
The Red Arrows over London to mark VE Day 75. Image by SAC Hannah Smoker.

The formation was led by Red 1 – Squadron Leader Martin Pert.

He said: “Today we commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, a day that signifies the end of one of the darkest periods in world history.

“The RAF is proud of its history and tradition – a legacy that has been forged through the actions of our forebears, who valiantly defended our nation, our lives and our freedom during the Second World War.

The Red Arrows conduct a fly past over London this morning as part of the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe.
The view of the flypast from across the Thames. Image by Dave Jenkins.

“As part of that, we remember those lost and say thank you to the Greatest Generation for their resilience and determination, aiming to honour and continue the legacy of all those who have gone before us.”

Heading east-to-west, the Red Arrows flew over central London in fine weather before passing the Runnymede Air Forces Memorial to commemorate VE75.

Marking VE Day 75 over the Runnymede Air Forces Memorial. Image by SAC Beth Roberts.
Marking VE Day 75 over the Runnymede Air Forces Memorial. Image by SAC Beth Roberts.

The memorial commemorates more than 20,000 Commonwealth servicemen and women of the flying services who died during the Second World War and have no known grave.

Sqn Ldr Pert said: “It’s always a privilege to fly over the capital city and an absolute honour to be the national flag carrier – with the red, white and blue colours helping to commemorate such a significant day.”

A view of the city during the VE Day 75 flypast. Image by Corporal Adam Fletcher.
A view of the city during the VE Day 75 flypast. Image by Corporal Adam Fletcher.

In addition to the Red Arrows over London, RAF Typhoon jets appeared in the skies above Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh this morning as part of VE Day 75 activities.

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