RAF flypast for Queen's Official Birthday

The Royal Air Force had the honour of parading a wide range of RAF aircraft for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate Her Official Birthday.

The formation, led by Puma and Chinook helicopters, flew over Buckingham Palace as the Royal Family watched on from the balcony at 13:00 on Saturday 9 June 2018. The Flypast followed the Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour). 

The view from the 28 Squadron Chinook on approach to Buckingham Palace.

23 aircraft took part in the Flypast, highlighting the wide range of aircraft used by the RAF to secure our skies and protect our people both at home and abroad. This included helicopters, air transport, air-to-air refuelling, and fast jet combat aircraft.

The Flypast also included two of the RAF’s world-class display teams, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) and the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – the Red Arrows.

The aircraft making up the formation included:

Puma HC.Mk 2 (28 Squadron)

Chinook (28 Squadron)

Avro Lancaster

Hawker Hurricane

Supermarine Spitfire

A400M Atlas (70 Squadron)

C-17 Globemaster III (99 Squadron)

Voyager (10 and 101 Squadrons)

Typhoon FGR4 (11 Squadron)

Tornado GR4 (9 and 31 Squadrons)

Hawk T1 (The Red Arrows)

On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force celebrated its 100th anniversary. The RAF100 campaign will run to September 2018, to commemorate and celebrate our centenary and to inspire our next generation. 

One of the highlights will be the RAF100 Parade and Flypast, to be held in London on 10 July 2018 – 100 days after 1 April 2018. This will consist of a major parade on the Mall, and a mass flypast of up to 100 aircraft


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