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RAF Queen's Birthday Flypast 2018

The Royal Air Force has the honour of parading a wide range of RAF aircraft for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate Her Official Birthday. The formation will fly over Buckingham Palace at 13:00 on Saturday 9 June 2018 (subject to weather and serviceability). The Flypast will follow the Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour).

23 aircraft will take 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 includes helicopters, air transport, air-to-air refuelling, and fast jet combat aircraft. The Flypast will also include 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 scheduled to take part include:

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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